My project of the day was to photograph the Visitor’s Center and Cafe at Lands Ends Lookout, by EHDD Architects. They created this modern building while also keeping sustainability in mind.
“While the building aesthetic references the ruins, its design is also inspired by the design of the original baths. Adolph Sutro was an engineer who made his fortune inventing a system of water and air delivery for the silver mines of Nevada. When he relocated to San Francisco, he recognized a unique opportunity in the bowl of the former Naiad Cove, choosing the site for his large public baths. Using the existing geology he captured the waves and through a series of tunnels and settling basins, used them to passively feed the pools of his new baths.
Similarly, the design of the Lookout takes advantage of the naturally prevailing winds and the existing topography of the site to passively ventilate the building, bringing air in low – below the floor – and exhausting it high through the clerestories above. This strategy helps make the building 32% more energy efficient than the ASHRAE baseline. It also creates a sunny wind-sheltered courtyard on the leeward side, providing a rare respite from the harsh environment for those exploring the trails and beaches of Lands End.” — www.ehdd.com
You can see how the building overlooks the ruins of the Sutro Baths and Point Lobos. The lion figures that you see below were incorporated into the Lookout from historic buildings of the Sutro Heights area.