Kingston Beach is a highly utilised recreational space for the Kingborough municipality, especially popular during the warmer summer months. The beach is home to the Kingston Beach Surf Life Saving Club and a focus for many water-based events and community activities.
JAWS Architects was engaged by Kingborough Council to prepare a Master Plan to guide redevelopment of a site adjacent to the beach, containing a decrepit toilet block which needed replacing. The commission not only included the design and documentation of new all-access toilets, showers and changeroom facilities, but to also facilitate co-location of storage and support facilities for the Surf Club to assist with their beach patrol service.
The buildings are straight-forward and robust, sitting on a plinth and pushed to the southern boundary to provide an active, open and sunny forecourt, with hand basins and showers placed under a timber shade structure.
Pedestrian and vehicle movements are separated, with bicycle racks available for both public and surf club use.
A pre-cast concrete base provides a continuous datum, with open timber slats providing security and allowing natural light and ventilation above the cubicles.