These elegant civic designs utilize naturally competent materials such as natural woods, raw concrete, and aluminum to resist the seaside climate conditions. The restrooms are designed “inside-out” such that each toilet stall is completely private and entered from the exterior. Outdoor “rooms” provide for public lavatories and showers.
The Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks Office / Police Sub-station building is a concrete shell inspired by the protection of a clam shell. The “shell” is pulled apart to reveal the two separate public entrances – one for police and the other for Recreation & Parks.