Designing a Surf Life Saving Club
There is nothing more Australian than enjoying our golden beaches. Over 85% of our population live within 50kms of the coastal edge and much of our enjoyment in life is defined by sun and surf. Our sense of wellness is not just defined by walking the beach or surfing the breaks but the enrichment of the soul through a sense of openness, the dreaming of the horizon and clearing of our minds washed by a cooling summer breeze or a salty swim. It does the soul well.
Recently Andrew Duffin, Director of Design at NBRSARCHITECTURE has been creating ideas for new surf lifesaving clubs. Sometimes the SLSC is the only thing visible on a coastal landscape. It needs to respond to the natural shape of the contours, the sun path and the breezes. It needs to acknowledge every unique context, its heritage, its aboriginal connections, the functionality of club use, and the storage and ease of use of surf craft.
In many ways the Club House can become the centre piece for a community. It draws people together. It is a safe haven. It evokes a sense of belonging and ownership.
Our design ideas give careful consideration to the natural environment, consider clear navigation and use of structure, ensure longevity and resilience and consider being viewed in the round or from above – the fifth elevation.
The designs respond to an Australian way of life, creating a community centrepiece and an environmentally sensitive approach.
At NBRS we love creating places that support gathering, evoke wellness on many levels and function in ways that make life more enjoyable.