Scripps Park Pavilion 

La Jolla Comfort Station

  • Civic Commercial
  • CA San Diego

Set the picturesque park overlooking La Jolla Cove, adjacent to the coastline and cliffs, sits the EB Scripps Park Pavilion. A visionary community group spearheaded a transformative project to replace the well-worn and aging facility, built in 1967, recognizing the need for enhanced public amenities and safety. This endeavor, rooted in community-approved concept plans, landscaping considerations, and adherence to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards, culminated in the unveiling of the new EB Scripps Park Comfort Station in the spring of 2022. 

Architects Mosher Drew, Modern architecture San Diego, civic architecture, public architecture, pavilion architecture, pavilion design, outdoor shelter architecture, sheltered gathering space, outdoor pavilion design, public facilities design, restroom design, outdoor shower design, ocean front architecture, beach front architecture, coastal architecture, la jolla public space

Spanning 2,000 square feet, the new structure seamlessly integrates with its natural surroundings, offering spaces for public use and site enhancements that honor the beauty of the area. Embracing a commitment to public safety and well-being, the facility boasts modern amenities, including mens’ and women’s facilities, single occupancy all-gender bathroom stalls, handwashing stations, and changing areas, catering to the diverse needs of park users and the wider community. Furthermore, thoughtfully positioned exterior and interior showers cater to the requirements of nearby divers, swimmers, and beachgoers, fostering a sense of inclusivity and accessibility. 

Not only humans enjoy the Scripps Park Pavilion

Central to the design philosophy was the creation of meaningful site and program relationships. Outdoor showers, strategically oriented towards beach access, promote connectivity with the coastal environment, while amenities such as an information kiosk, storage space, and power outlets facilitate community events and gatherings, enriching the park experience for all. 

In striving to foster a deeper connection between the park and beach community, the structure was envisioned as a beacon, a landmark symbolizing unity and vitality. The signature floating roof, evocative of soaring wings, features translucent panels and open lattice work, fostering an airy ambiance and seamless integration with the elements. Complementing this ethereal design, bold concrete walls, textured and color-blended to echo the coastal habitat and nearby bluffs, anchor the building in its natural context, embodying a harmonious blend of functionality and aesthetics. 

  • Civic Commercial
  • CA San Diego

Location: San Diego, CA

Completion Date: 2022

Building Area: 2,000 sf

Owner/Client: City of San Diego

General Contractor: Atlas Development, Inc.

Structural: Aark Engineering, Inc.

Mechanical / Plumbing: Bender Dean Engineering

Electrical: T-Squared Engineers

Landscape: Schmidt Design Group

Civil: Kettler Leweck Engineering

Pump Station Engineer: Rick Engineering

Photographer: Studio Maha

Videographer: Breadtruckfilms, Jeff Durkin



2022 National Design Award – SARA

2022 Honor Award – American Public Works Association