Selected Projects
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Cook Park Series

Forming part of Rockdale Council’s re-invigoration of the Cook Park beachfront area in Sydney, the series of five linked buildings provided the vicinity with a distinctive visual identity that ‘successfully challenged the archetype of a sleazy seaside amenities block’.

We worked closely with Rockdale Council to design four amenity blocks to replace two old buildings, as well as a rework of a fifth existing poorly designed 1960’s building. Fundamentally, Council’s core objectives were to upgrade the area and provide safe and secure amenity buildings for the community.

Awards

  • NSW Australian Institute of Architects Awards, Small Project Architecture – Commendation Award, 2013
  • NSW Australian Institute of Architects Award – Small Project Architecture – Shortlisted, 2018

“There is a great opportunity for architects to provide great facilities in these places, carefully designed to maximise light and breezes.

”There are not many places in the world where you have a view from your toilet block” – Emili Fox.

We saw this project as an opportunity to invert the stereotype public toilet block – uninviting, unpleasant, and unsafe – and create a unified series of beachfront buildings. With a focus on sustainability and natural materials, we used reclaimed timbers and sculptured concrete panels, allowing for natural light and ventilation throughout.

Forming a linked, rhythmic series progressing along the coastal walk, the design was carefully engineered around the natural curvature and lineal progressions of the coastline. Natural materials resulted in a raw and visually permeable design that is both subtle and inviting – encouraging use without disrupting the rugged coastal vistas.