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.

Designed in collaboration with Tract Consultants

Shortlisted in the 2019 Victorian Architecture Awards

Photos by Jesse Marlow

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