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Nine years in the making from concept to completion, the $3.8 million La Jolla Shores lifeguard station is a stunning success.

When
6.01pm
9.18.13

Where
La Jolla Shores

The project, in sandy tones that nod to the nearby bluffs, is by Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects, with design consulting from architect Hector Perez. “From day one, they wanted a transparent building,” says Perez. The strategy? Putting the tower over the parking lot and exposing the stairs rather than enclosing them to open the view from Kellogg Park. For San Diego architectural photographer Darren Bradley, it was love at first sight. ”I did a double take when I first saw it. It’s far too rare to see such bold, daring design in public architecture these days and certainly rare in San Diego. I’m so grateful to the city for not replacing the old headquarters with some sort of pseudo-Spanish stucco monstrosity. I just love how that cantilevered tower seems to defy gravity. In an era of dysfunctional government, knowing that we are able to build a public building that is so bold and beautiful gives me hope for the future.”