Archive for April, 2013

aquatics what?

Monday, April 1st, 2013

I’m a sucker for edgy architecture in a glossy magazine, and the new Oceanside Harbor Aquatics Center is destined to shine in one of them. I like the nouveau-brutalist look, fashionably exposed concrete contrasting with dark hardwood, surrounded by a plants-du-jour xeriscape.

What makes for a great photo op for the architects does not bring much value to Oceanside boaters however.

Astonishingly, the multi-million dollar “Aquatics Center,” occupying some of the last prime beachfront property in all of Southern California, is just a shell housing maintenance equipment. I did not believe it until I went and looked myself.┬áIt’s not difficult to see inside through the tropical inspired openings in the walls. It’s a shed only a bunch of funny boys could buy.

To be fair, the aquatics part of the project – a fenced enclosure – got an upgrade from a chain link fence to a fancy fence, which blocks the previously inviting view of the various outrigger club boats.

“Storage Center & Aquatics Corral”?

But enough of the panning. Check out some pics.

 

safdierabines.com/institutional/harbor-aquatics-center

marcieharris.com/portfolio/harbor-aquatics-center

kotwasphoto.blogspot.com/2013/03/Oceanside-Architectural

For a good rant on the subject head over to the neighbor’s blog.

For a good insight go here.