Author : Sunny Lam

University : Woodbury School of Architecture

Status : MArch1, 2013

Advisor : Barbara Bestor

Title : Pier Pleasure

Pleasure piers were originally known as a site of fun, madness, and delirium. Amid the chaos of people and architecture, pleasure was a fundamental feeling that was experienced by all. Architecture should include pleasure as a program and organizing principle, especially when working in the idiom of popular culture and iconography.

The modern day Redondo Pier encompasses Los Angeles’s complexity but has unconsciously cast aside its history. Since the early 1900’s the pier has been damaged by disasters, rebuilt and added onto over and over – changing its shape, its plan, and its relationship to the city.

These accretional layers of reconstructed pleasure have resulted in a present day eccentric and eclectic architecture that visibly describes its own history. Slowly, however, the generic layer of global retail/entertainment program has started to blanket the diverse history of pleasure in our coastal piers. I propose to add a new site specific VERTICAL layer of hyper programmed pleasure that is censorial stimulating alternative to global retail flatness.

The vertical pier re-purposes the triangulated plan of the pier to create ocular pleasure from its framed views and vertiginous programming.