ORW Landscape Architects and Planners
White River Junction, Vermont
Environmental Graphics Program for Hampton Beach State Park
As environmental graphics consultant on a multidisciplinary team including ORW Landscape Architects and Planners and Samyn D’Elia Architects, CGD collaborated on the design, development and implementation of a comprehensive signage and architectural graphics program for Hampton Beach State Park.
The project’s iconic centerpiece is an array of 11 “Sunfish” crosswalk markers. Each 27-foot tall structure along the mile-long “boardwalk” features bold graphics and a prismatic color progression to orient the visitor to Hampton Beach’s 11 downtown cross streets. In addition to visitor orientation, the festive, nautical spirit of the “Sunfish” array energizes the historic beachfront environment and creates a unique sense of place.
CGD’s responsibilities included the design of graphics for the “main sail” and “jib” banner as well as resolution of all dimensions, proportions, and structural detailing in consultation with the project team and fabricator. The stripe pattern led to a solution of the sunfish’s biggest challenge: to minimize windloading on the stationary main sail and overall support structure. Open intervals between the stripes allow a significant decrease in wind resistance while creating a transparent dialogue with sky, beach, and the built environment of Ocean Boulevard.