Sunday, July 19, 2009

Rooftop wave

There is a wave on the top of this store.  This building was visible in the corner of yesterday's photo, so I decided to show a photo of it today.  Someone decided that a store that backs onto the beach and that sells swimming suits and beach clothes should have a wave built on its roof to emphasize what it sells.  

This type of vernacular architecture in which buildings are designed to imitate the products they sell was a trend in California decades ago, and perhaps that was the inspiration for this building.  Are any readers familiar with the Randy's Donut Shop near Los Angeles International Airport?  There are other buildings in L.A. in which camera shops were shaped like a camera, hot dog stands shaped like a hot dog, and similar "kitsch."

I wonder how the architect told the builder to construct this wave.  It looks rather tricky.

5 comments:

brattcat said...

Functional art, artful architecture. Fascinating. This is a terrific post for helping us get a sense of place. But your photos always rise to and meet that goal. Thank you.

Sharon said...

I don't believe that wave was there a couple of years ago when I was there.

Jarart said...

Must be made of sheet metal to bend like that. I like the three happy dogs waiting outside.

glenda said...

That is pretty neat.

Jacob said...

It does look tricky, but I like it. What the heck, on the beach just about anything goes and just about anything looks good...

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