Ingrained in Australia’s national identity and way of life is our unique beach culture and love of the sun, sand, surf and sea. It is here where our fondest childhood memories conjure up summers run...
Ingrained in Australia’s national identity and way of life is our unique beach culture and love of the sun, sand, surf and sea. It is here where our fondest childhood memories conjure up summers running over the hot sand, chasing windswept umbrellas up the beach, dodging the myriad of cricket games on the way to the water and of course the afternoon pilgrimage to grab an ice-cream. It is here that the kiosk comes into its own, dutifully rewarding the sun kissed beach goers.
Third Wave Kiosk strives to capture this experience whilst responding to a range of interconnected and potentially divergent objectives including the low budget, the need to adequately service high levels of community, recreation and tourist patronage throughout the year and the importance of sensitively integrating and respecting the local coastal environment and adhering to the design guidelines of the Victorian Coastal Strategy. The architects’ response is a folded, sculptural structure that draws on the natural inflections and colours of the coastline, drawing visitors into the warm, protected servery whilst lightly masking the utilitarian function of the building within. The predominant exoskeleton of the kiosk is constructed from recycled sheet piles typically used for seawall, bridge and pier construction. These sheet piles which were last used to hold back water during the Victorian floods of 2010/11 have been left in their original condition to emphasize the reddish brown and yellow oxides of weathered steel which harmonize with the colour of the surrounding cliffs.