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Frankston Long Island Yacht Club (2011)


As with other seaside locales, both here and abroad, the Frankston foreshore has traditionally been the venue for the summer carnival. More recently, Frankston beach is renowned for its sand sculptures. For architecture, the seaside has often been associated with follies and the exotic, where urbane decorum is set to one side. Playful buildings such as these enliven precincts and carry connotations of youthful fantasy and long vacations. They form an attraction in themselves and express a joyful, carefree and vibrant aspect of urban habitation.

A widely celebrated type is the humble bathing box. In this proposal the figure of the generic bathing box serves as an initial gesture which is modified through extrusions and scaling and reoriented to
accommodate the brief. Arranged in narrow bands, the resulting form provides cross ventilation and light penetration and aids pedestrian movement through and around the building, resolving the conflicting desires for maximising the northern orientation while facing the water, and encouraging familiarity and engagement with the yachting activities. The orientation of the intersecting extruded 'bathing boxes' respond to available views to and from the building such as to the city's skyline or the Heads, to the pier and to Oliver's Hill, as
well as from the immediate arrival from Kananook Creek Boulevard.


Beyond mere utility, this proposal harnesses the social, recreational and symbolic opportunities of this brief and site, using public resources responsibly for the maximum public good.