Client : City of Mandurah
A very sensitive site, our design response was to create two simple forms: a rectilinear brick box housing the community use facilities and a framed, timber clad skilion roofed structure housing the equipment store and ancillary facilities. You enter the building between the box and the sheltering roof element allowing views into each space between the clubs memorabilia.
Located just 50 metres from breaking surf, our design of the San Remo Surf Life Saving Club was largely informed by the dune heights and need to minimise the visual impact on neighbouring residents.
The result was a single pitched skillion roof over the equipment garage that protects the change rooms, office, first aid room, storage, function hall, toilets and kiosk from the elements.
Services such as vent pipes and the air conditioning plant were designed away from the highly visible roof to reduce their impact and limit corrosion from exposure.
Wind driven sand shift was a major consideration in the types of windows, frames, seals and ventilation selected.
Concealed fixed painted FC sheet cladding was selected for its weather resistance and in homage to the original San Remo beach houses.
Designed to maximise passive surveillance from the street, parts of the building accessible from the beach required additional security and employment of design principles to minimise anti social behavior.
Other environmentally sustainable design initiatives included natural light and cross ventilation into all spaces, north orientation, louvered glass, low E glass, aluminium roof sheeting and enclosed eaves for corrosion resistance and rainwater harvesting for reuse in the toilets, showers and hand basins.