Woodgate Beach Amenities + Picnic Shelters was commissioned by the local Queensland regional council to replace a 40 year old amenities bunker and BBQ shelters. The new facilities remain in the location of the previous structures. This is at the primary arrival point into the beachside township.
Two primary principles informed the building design. The first was to reduce the visual impact of the structure in order to take advantage of the spectacular location and the second was to improve visibility and safety through and around the building in accordance with CPTED principles.
These objectives were achieved by separating various functional requirements into smaller built forms which provided clear and screened vistas through the building.
This design, results in views to the water and as one arrives in Woodgate, it leaves the users feeling very connected to the locale even when using the private areas. Beach showers and hand washing zones allow views of the beach and water; private showers maintain views into the canopy of Casuarina’s overhead.
The elevated roof planes evoke memories of earlier beach shacks, assist with the transparency of the building and improve natural ventilation Colour selections were drawn from the locale, the greys and greens of the casuarinas, the sand and shadows. The vertical random wall tile arrangement recalls the canopies of the surrounding trees.
Material selections are low maintenance and high durability needed in a marine environment - stainless steel, ceramic tiles rendered block and treated spotted gum, all fixed with stainless steel connections.
Treated Spotted Gum was selected by the council builders as a readily available local timber resource, with very high natural durability, enhanced by the treatment process to provide a 50 year plus life expectancy.