The Seaside Landmark is an unbuilt, award-winning competition entry for a gateway structure to the north Florida town of Seaside. The project consists of two related components – a floating mooring station out at sea, and a practical welcoming pavilion on land. Guests arriving by sea are able to moor their boats and take a water taxi to the beach, where they can use the facilities in the pavilion or go directly into the commercial heart of the town.
During initial setup, the mooring station is anchored to a floating buoy far enough out to sea that it is keep out of breaking waters. The current then naturally opens the two wings which lock using hydraulic struts, while at the same time the docks unfold to create mooring stations. The protective wings divert oncoming swells and keep moored vehicles from becoming turbulent. The entire structure is also able to pivot around the fixed buoy with changing currents and tides and stay in its natural protective position.
The pavilion structure is located adjacent to the main town center and serves as an arrival point for the water taxi. Guests to Seaside would land on the beach and proceed up the sand dune via the majestic pavilion stairs. The pavilion itself is designed to house showers, restrooms, and personal lockers for visitors, and is a multi-level structure that provides interesting viewpoints to the Gulf and the town beyond.
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