South Mission Beach Lifeguard Tower

A missed opportunity indeed. This incredible site deserved an icon, but instead, we are left with a brutalist guard tower suited for a maximum security prison.

The architects in this group have the ability to create real gems in our community, so I’d imagine this was a result of other parties involved in the planning and decision making.  Unfortunately, even the pubic art along the front looks like a thinly veiled attempt at deterring vagrants and beach-goers alike from congregating.

This could have been a more sincere contribution to the resiliency conversation while still offering a more friendly public interface. The dark palette and heavy shade canopy also lack refinement.

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    South Mission Beach, San Diego

    Project Owner/Developer:

    City of San Diego

    Owner Contact Name/Email:

    Public Works Department

    Project Architect/Designer:

    Domus Studio


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