Pacific Overlook

As part of the ongoing California Coastal Trails and Waterfront improvements in the LA Harbor area, CMG is transforming an existing parking lot into a gathering space for the neighborhood. The site of CMG’s work is concentrated on a parking lot at the edge of the bluff; CMG is also assisting with improvements to the existing fence along the bluff’s edge. Adjacent to the ruins of the Sunken City, the site encompasses six acres of sea-eroded landscape below the bluff that are accessible by a series of trails. CMG’s design for the open space features wooden viewing platforms and corten steel planters; these structures are filled with sedum and rest on top of concrete pads that cap the site.

client: LA Harbor/Watts Economic Development Corporation
location: San Pedro, CA
civil: Huitt-Zollars
structural: Englekirk Partners
sedum consultant: Etera
reclaimed wood: The Reclaimer
completed: 2010
Pacific Overlook
Pacific Overlook
Pacific Overlook
Pacific Overlook
Site Under Construction
Site Under Construction
Site Under Construction
Decks Under Construction
Decks Under Construction
Site Under Construction
Site Plan
Site Plan
Pacific Overlook Site and Adjacent Sunken City
Pacific Overlook Site and Adjacent Sunken City

Sunken City

CMG’s site at the Pacific Overlook in San Pedro, CA, is adjacent to the ruinous landscape of the Sunken City. A suburban development that slid down the bluff in the 1930s, San Pedro's Sunken City is visible in scattered remnants of the city’s infrastructure. Here, roads undulate over the edges of the bluff; the footprint of bocce ball courts can still be traced in the ground. Many pieces of the development, which began its downward spiral in the 1920s, were relocated to surrounding areas so what remains of the Sunken City is limited. The result is a radical public space that maintains a dialogue with CMG’s proposed development.

CMG’s site at the Pacific Overlook in San Pedro, CA, is adjacent to the ruinous landscape of the Sunken City. A suburban development that slid down the bluff in the 1930s, San Pedro's Sunken City is visible in scattered remnants of the city’s infrastructure. Here, roads undulate over the edges of the bluff; the footprint of bocce ball courts can still be traced in the ground. Many pieces of the development, which began its downward spiral in the 1920s, were relocated to surrounding areas so what remains of the Sunken City is limited. The result is a radical public space that maintains a dialogue with CMG’s proposed development.

CMG’s site at the Pacific Overlook in San Pedro, CA, is adjacent to the ruinous landscape of the Sunken City. A suburban development that slid down the bluff in the 1930s, San Pedro's Sunken City is visible in scattered remnants of the city’s infrastructure. Here, roads undulate over the edges of the bluff; the footprint of bocce ball courts can still be traced in the ground. Many pieces of the development, which began its downward spiral in the 1920s, were relocated to surrounding areas so what remains of the Sunken City is limited. The result is a radical public space that maintains a dialogue with CMG’s proposed development.

View of Sunken City
View of Sunken City
Sunken City's Bocce Ball Court
Sunken City's Bocce Ball Court
View of Sunken City
View of Sunken City
Sunken City Road
Sunken City Road
Sunken City Road
Sunken City Road