The Smiths Beach Surf Life Saving Tower provides that most basic of architectural intents, shelter from the weather. The design however meets a wide range of additional brief requirements: beach safety, a space for first aid provision, a relocatable structure, prefabricated construction type, seasonal use, wildlife conservation and a protected coastal site.
Located on the exposed coastal park edge of Phillip Island the site is included as part of the protected Phillip Island Nature Parks and is a key habitat for migratory Shearwater birds. The tower is designed to withstand its highly exposed coastal environment while at the same time having a quiet presence in this beautiful and very public location.
Woolamai SLSC is an entirely volunteer run organisation and it has been an honour to be involved in a project for which the members have worked so hard to achieve and for which they are incredibly proud of.
Shortlisted in the 2019 Victorian Architecture Awards
Photos by Jesse Marlow