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Regatta Foreshore Kiosk and Amenities Building

view from jetty view from jetty simon wood

Day Bukh Architects

NSW & ACT Entries 2010


Winner of The People's Choice Award, 2010

Winner of The Public or Commercial Buildings Award, 2010



The project is a amenities building and kiosk, boardwalk and pergola to an existing lake swimming baths.

Overall choice for timber
Timber was chosen for the buildings as a historical reference to the original boathouses and sheds that lined the shores of the lake.
The program was divided up into 3 buildings and a pergola to break down the scale and to encourage as much connection to the water, jetty and bathing pool as is possible.
The cladding consists of 150mm high boards with a 5 degree chamfer to allow water runoff.
The louvres that provide natural ventilation to the amenities buildings are the same as the cladding members just titled. The doors are clad in the same timber as the walls. This means that the buildings are all timber with no real projections. As a result the buildings take on a monolithic quality, a subdued humble quality that allows the setting on the water speak for itself.

4 types of timber were chosen for the buildings.
Type 1
For the structural members of the (which are visible from the inside and outside of the buildings) recycled red ironbark has been used.
This timber was chosen for its durability in a maritime environment, and situated in a park containing eucalyptus trees, the obvious choice was to use timber that is of the same species as the surrounding trees. This way the building blends into the natural environment.

Type 2
The external cladding is spotted gum. This was a request by the client to use new timber, ie not recycled timber so that it could be easily replaced if it was damaged. Spotted gum was also chosen because of its resistance to the marine environment. The subtle difference between the two species highlights what are the structural members as opposed to the infill members.

Type 3
The external boardwalk is turpentine, chosen for both its excellence in a marine environment and also as a match to the existing jetty which is made of turpentine. These were recycled timbers.


Overall choice for timber
Timber was chosen for the buildings as a historical reference to the original boathouses and sheds that lined the shores of the lake.
The program was divided up into 3 buildings and a pergola to break down the scale and to encourage as much connection to the water, jetty and bathing pool as is possible.
The cladding consists of 150mm high boards with a 5 degree chamfer to allow water runoff.
The louvres that provide natural ventilation to the amenities buildings are the same as the cladding members just titled. The doors are clad in the same timber as the walls. This means that the buildings are all timber with no real projections. As a result the buildings take on a monolithic quality, a subdued humble quality that allows the setting on the water speak for itself.
Entered into:
  • Public or Commercial Buildings, 2010
  • Best Use Of Solid Timber Cladding, 2010
  • Best Use Of Timber as a Structural Element, 2010
  • Best Use Of Australian Certified Timber, 2010
  • Best Use Of Recycled Timber, 2010
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