Lands End Lookout overlooking the Pacific Ocean.Photo by: Michael David Rose
San Francisco—Lands End Lookout visitor center and the Golden Gate Bridge Round House designed by EHDD are part of the sustainable structures initiative directed by the National Parks Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.
“We’re very pleased with the outcome” says Greg Moore, President and CEO of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.“ As we went through our selection process, it was evident that EHDD aligned with our thinking surrounding, stewardship, sustainability and public design ethic.”
Designed to maximize the visitor experience at this beloved San Francisco destination, the Lands End Lookout offers panoramic views of the Pacific and the Sutro Bath Ruins and the storied natural and cultural history of this area has been interpreted through hands-on displays, panels and merchandise to create an interactive museum store experience.
“With our jewel-box Golden Gate National Park buildings—Lands End and Golden Gate Bridge Round House—we worked very closely with all partners,” says architect and principal in charge Jennifer K. Devlin, AIA LEED AP. “These structures respect the past, while reflecting the present and providing opportunities for visitor enjoyment, education around conservation and future growth.”
Completed around the same time as the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the historic Round House originally opened as a restaurant. EHDD’s renovation of the circular wooden structure clears out the space, maximizing the experience of this remarkable location. Part of the new Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion promenade, the Round House provides the only indoor public space with a view of the bridge from the south.
EHDD recently worked with the National Park Service on “A Sense of Place: Design Guidelines for Yosemite Valley.” George Homsey—he’s a consulting founding principal for the firm—participated in the project, and as he puts it, “It’s an honor to be part of the Park Service’s 96-year history.”
Ms. Devlin adds, “Given our firm’s strong tradition of environmental stewardship, we view these projects as wonderful opportunities to work with like-minded clients. The unprecedented collaborative effort between the Park Service and the Parks Conservancy allowed our entire design team to create community centers to tell the remarkable stories and preserve the natural resources of these historic places.”