Four newly designed public beach amenities in Australia

If fugly brick shacks along our iconic beaches ain’t floating your boat, don’t worry, our best designers have got your back. They’ve been busy creating insta-worthy beach amenities to ensure you look and feel just as good whether you’re in or out of the water.

Check out these beautifully designed and meticulously resolved spaces that are fast changing the way we experience Aussie beach life!

Marks Park Amenities, Tamarama, NSW

Gone is the old brick and barnacled toilet block and in its place is a beautifully designed new amenity building at the Bondi end of Sydney’s coastal walk. Featuring a rhythmic range of recycled timber posts that wrap the building’s new verandah and exterior, the Marks Park Amenities space offers female and male amenities along with communal wash troughs and stunning views towards the Tamarama surf break and the Waverley Cemetery. Finally, terrazzo and ceramic were selected to resonate with the natural elements, along with a shell pink ceiling that together create interiors featuring light and air.

Photo credit: Brett Boardman

North Bondi Amenities, North Bondi, NSW

Designed by Sam Crawford Architects, the North Bondi Amenities is an award-winning pavilion that’s small but big on beach facilities. With communal basins at various heights, and the requisite toilets and change rooms, the pavilion also features a clever integrated bus stop with bench seating for those keen to sit and watch the world go by. But it’s the horizonal cantilevered roof that’s the real show stopper. Peppered with sproutings of greenery over the top, its green roof features pigface and coastal grasses, offering green views to nearby neighbours. The space is complemented by hardwood timber battens and playful wayfinding to engage both users and passersby.

Photo credit: Brett Boardman

City Beach Surf Club, Perth, WA

Completed in 2016, this new surf club and precinct is a beautiful addition to what is already a pretty spectacular coastline. The project followed an Australia-wide design competition, and CHRISTOU Design Group has created a response inspired by the rugged site and views, carving out a space from the dunes. The commercial buildings, promenade and surf club each focus on ocean views, while a large proportion of land is given over to public space highlighted by an internal courtyard, enabling everyone to enjoy the fusion of architecture, landscape and, of course, beachscape. The project has been well received by locals and has also won a number of architect prizes and urban design awards.

Photo credit: Douglas Mark Black Photography

Cook Park Amenities, Sydney, NSW

It’s a toilet block but not as you know it. The brief for Fox Johnston was to design three amenity buildings and to reinvigorate the Cook Park beachfront area in Sydney. The team saw an opportunity to turn an existing 1960s traditional toilet block on its head and, instead, create an inviting, pleasant and safe space for the public to use with a distinctive vertical design. Using organic materials during construction allows for natural ventilation and glass windows and skylights provide a light, open space. Each building houses a large water tank inside its form, which services the drought-prone area. The practice also created two new buildings – all three forming a beautifully linked series progressing along the coastal walk.

Photo credit: Brett Boardman


About the Author: Annie Reid

Annie Reid is a qualified journalist, professional copywriter and published author with a passion for everything bricks and mortar. For many years, she’s written thousand of stories for newspapers, magazines and clients around the world. Somewhere between the heady buzz of headlines and deadlines, she discovered a niche for creating tailor made content for the property, real estate, architecture and design industries. Annie holds a Bachelor of Arts and is currently studying a Masters in Publishing and Communications, both from the University of Melbourne.

Story credit: Making a splash, Issimo


This article was first published by Issimo Magazine and syndicated by DesignBUILD.


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