In addition to these recreational functions, the project incorporates a desalination plant and wind generators, designed to provide the city with water and power. This machinery of the city’s ongoing survival is fully revealed as an integral part of daily life. It creates greater public awareness of the limits of natural resources and of the processes required to render these resources usable.
Lightweight trusses made of high-strength fiberglass composite span across the site and continue into the ocean. These trusses provide structural support for the large glass roof that covers the bathing pools. In addition, the trusses serve as pedestrian bridges, and carry ocean water through their bottom chords to inland desalination units. Energy-efficient stills purify up to ten million gallons of saltwater per day. Seven wind-driven generators at the top of the site provide power for the facility and the city at large.