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John Gollings, Andrew North, Chris Sawyer ©Completed
At its heart, this project seeks to better integrate a wide range of community facilities into the experience of park. The combination of multiple functions into the one footprint is not only spatial...
The design is structured around a public timber deck that links different functions within the site. The deck winds underneath the raised building, providing a strong physical and visual connection between the bowling greens to the north and the park to the south.
The design encourages park users to engage with the bowls club as part of their daily experience of the site; what previously existing as separate park elements have been gathered together to provide a richer and more integrated park experience. The integration of other coastally dependant activities, including the Sea Scouts, provide greater opportunity for the overlap of different activities and age groups, promoting community engagement and interaction.
The landscape connection to the beach emphasises the important experiential qualities of walking through the coastal dune landscape, on a site where the primary dune has been largely destroyed in the past. The project includes significant plantings of banksia trees which reflect the banksia woodland that once occupied the site. The connection is forged by a winding and undulating timber deck and fence that is like a shadow of the former primary dune, reflective of the organic nature of the dune and coastal environment. The dune protection fence provides a windbreak against the prevailing south westerly winds, with bench seating attached to the lee side of the fence, allowing people to sit out of the wind. The fence also provides protection to the reinstated primary dune, made possible by the removal of a number of structures (including the old pavilion and toilet block) that had previously been built within the fragile primary dune zone.