Located on a 103-acre site along the Coos Bay inlet, R&A’s design for The Camps at Coos Bay Lagoon overlooks more than a mile of private beachfront sheltered by a dense curtain of coastal forest. The project conceptually links the site to its natural riparian past, previously a collection of marsh islands created from numerous streams running through the site and into Coos Bay. Years of storing bark waste from sawmill operations onsite has created a reclaimed mass of land that is unsuitable for traditional building foundations and larger structures. The architects utilized this constraint to adapt the program, proposing a series of small structures forming a network of communal camps for visitors, and offering a series of year-round amenities within a central pavilion to provide a more sustainable and constant use. The main pavilion is fragmented into a series of smaller structures. The structures’ angled, sloping roofs reflect the local vernacular of seaside huts and echo the marsh island typology of a networked series of repeating elements.
The design attempts to preserve the pristine beauty of the landscape and grant access to the kinds of experiences that have made this area a well-known and sought after travel destination. It has been conceived as a series of communal camps, each of which offers a layered series of amenities not found in typical regional campgrounds. Previously uninterrupted parking areas are now filled with landscaped greenspaces, outdoor play and game areas, and individual camps. Numerous trails with immediate access to unprecedented beachfront and water activities buffer each camp from another. Indoor pools, recreation rooms, group entertainment, and meeting spaces, as well as beachfront terraces and picnic decks create, a mixture of amenity, outdoor access, natural beauty and community activities that define Bay Point as a valued destination.