Beach life is erratic but casual. Urban life is demanding and aggressive. QTCT is tasked to blend these two identities onto one site—a give and take relationship between beach ambitions and urban necessities. To bring together these two opposing forces, the search for started with deriving form, materiality and feeling directly from the vernacular of the site and learning from its logic and traditions. Walking from beach to bay takes less than five minutes.
QTCT consists of six lots: four to the North and two to the South. Each lot is 25’ x 50’; remaining consistent with adjacent business and residential lot sizes. Alleyways for parking border each edge of the lots. A pedestrian bicycle path moves through the site linking it with the beaches. QTCT is a sampling of both worlds: on one hand it is the embodiment of the found language of the beach and on the other it is a detailed and exacting built urban space. A core kit of design elements and materials is adopted by the new structures. Hierarchies and relationships are accented among the units creating dynamic encounters and playful responses.
RIP SHACK: Looking for a reference, Rip Shack turns to the ocean for inspiration. Programmed volumes are wrapped in a wave of material, encompassing the structure. Principles of open facades and uniformly covered volumes are studied and developed.