R&A Transforms More Than 100 Acres of Oregon Bay-Front Property
COOS BAY, OR R&A Architecture + Design, an enterprising firm known for its fresh architectural perspective and innovative approach to design, has broken ground on The Camps at Coos Bay Lagoon, an upscale RV camp and cabins park in coastal Coos Bay, Oregon. Completion is scheduled for April 2018.
The project was honored this year as the Popular Choice Winner in the Unbuilt Hospitality category by the globally recognized Architizer A+Awards, the largest international awards program focused on promoting and celebrating the year's best architecture and products. Its mission is to nurture the appreciation of meaningful architecture in the world and champion its potential for a positive impact on everyday life.
"In transforming this waterfront property, we worked diligently to preserve the natural beauty of the site, allowing for the kinds of experiences that make the area a sought-after travel destination," said Co-Founding Principal Christian Robert, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP. "By leveraging the site's constraints, we were able to design a project that is respectful of its surroundings while remaining beneficial to the client."
Designed in collaboration with NBP Capital, The Camps at Coos Bay Lagoon overlooks more than a mile of private beachfront in Coos Bay and is separated from the nearby township by a dense coastal forest. The 180 camping sites are organized to recall the natural riparian past of marsh islands separated by numerous streams flowing into Coos Bay Lagoon. Situated between the camp and the waterfront is the new wood-and-glass clubhouse, designed to offer year-round and inclement weather uses via an indoor pool, recreation rooms, meeting spaces, and entertainment areas for visitors. Its outdoor terraces and decks provide spaces to enjoy the natural beauty of the bay. Modeled on an archipelago, the individual camp sites are linked by numerous walking trails leading to the beachfront and water activities. Uninterrupted parking areas have been turned into private camping areas with landscaped green spaces, offering outdoor play and game areas.
The central clubhouse pavilion is V-shaped in plan, and is fragmented into smaller, repeated elements recalling the local vernacular of seaside huts. Roofs slope upward in two directions to meet the sky, while directing the eye to the center of the building where a passageway connects the various interior spaces and an elevated deck allows for scenic views. Large windows and full-height expanses of diagonally wood-braced glass capture expansive views in all directions.