Ryder Pavilion, San Mateo CA

Shoreline Parks, a two-mile stretch along the San Francisco Bay is interrupted by utility towers carrying power lines across the parks’ site and the mound of a capped landfill near the water. Yet this once desolate and often windy expanse of waterfront under the jurisdiction of the City of San Mateo was transformed in 2005 with parks that are part of the 450-mile continuous corridor around the San Francisco Bay and the San Pablo Bay to the north called the Bay Trail.

In collaboration with multi-disciplinary team, endrestudio provided architecture and engineering services, conceiving, designing, and implementing several key architectural elements of the plan.

Along the trails through the park are a maintenance building, public restrooms, and picnic and shade shelters. The structures contribute an open framework that allows visitors to pursue the activities of their choice from strolling, jogging and cycling to picnicking. The uniform palette of materials: Ipe wood, also called ironwood, decking, solid concrete bases, steel pipe, and the curvilinear forms shared by the structures promote a perception of the meandering park as a single entity.

References to nature are most obvious in the splayed forms of the two picnic shelters arcing away from each other that suggest wind-blown leaves. Wood slats recalling leaf veins are bound together by upper and lower steel cables that run through them to form the central vein like that of a real leaf.

Project Credits
Landscape Architect: Royston Hanamoto Alley and Abey (RHAA), 2M Associates
Architect + Engineer: endrestudio
Contractor: Robert A. Bothman, Inc.
Civil Engineer: MacLeod and Associates
Client: City of San Mateo