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Amenities : Ballinger Beach Park

This building draws on the imagery of the Caloundra Coastline. The eroded Landsborough Gray
sandstone and ruins of World War II fortifications are echoed in the textured concrete finish. It is nestled behind the frontal dune, with the light weight roof responding to the line of wind carved vegetation, and alluding to the monopitch Fibro roofs of the old beach houses still common in the area. This is a tough environment for a building. It has has to with stand salt air , cyclone winds and the rigours public use and abuse. The construction meets the this challenge, but at the same time demonstrates that a robust and utilitarian building can have a soft impact on an area of natural beauty.

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The site is a coastal dune system with remnant natural vegetation adjoining parkland, car parking and schools. Ann St is a popular surf break and venue for surfing competitions, but is also an important suburban beach access point. Amenities blocks are a necessary, but often unsightly addition to areas of natural beauty. The object was to provide the facility without detracting from the area's amenity,. It was important to minimise opportunities for inappropriate use and vandalism. The design evolved with the wider context of improving beach access and providing a viewing platform to cater for surfing competitions and general public use. ( In association with Anembo Consultants (landscape architects ) Caloundra City Council and Surfing Australia.

The textured concrete finish was achieved using "tilt-up" panels cast in a sand bed. Raw sand,  newspaper and hessian were imprinted on the concrete. Old concrete debris from Moffat Beach  was collected and incorporated into the finish. 


Following are some textures from the concrete finish and some natural coastal textures