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Monday, 21 May 2012

NH architecture: saltwater coast

'saltwater coast' by NH architecture, point cook, australia
north-south wing of the building with view down long south east facade
image © dianna snape

within the ocean-side town of point cook, australia, 'saltwater coast' is a lifestyle and recreational facility for local residents 
by melbourne-based practice NH architecture. in close vicinity to port phillip bay, the building is carefully integrated into a
reinterpreted beach context to support bird migratory patterns within the encompassing cheetham wetlands, a delicate ecological area.
attempting to counteract suburban development, this landscape solution is an investment in public infrastructure within the community
driven center.

a lap pool, spa, gymnasium, multi-functional space, tennis courts and cafe provide a venue to focus on health of the body while 
strengthening neighborly relationships. clad with timber staves, the gently angling external form opens towards adjacent parks 
and the horizon. a partially covered outdoor promenade protects the pool area, opening to the landscape. cuts and manipulations to 
the facade reveal glass and dark-bronze framed windows.

overall view looking south
image © dianna snape

overall view looking south west
image © dianna snape

lap pool looking south east
image © dianna snape

lap pool looking north west
image © dianna snape

view to lap pool
image © dianna snape

north-south wing of the building with cafe below
image © dianna snape

northern facade of north-south wing with outdoor cafe seating below
image © dianna snape

north-south wing of the building and poolside seating
image © dianna snape

south western facade looking into gymnasium
image © dianna snape

south western facade and main entry
image © dianna snape

entry foyer
image © dianna snape

south eastern facade
image © dianna snape

site plan

floor plan /  level 0

floor plan / level 1





project info:

title: saltwater coast lifestyle centre 
location: saltwater coast, point cook, vic 
date of completion: november 2011
project cost: 6.1 million AUS
gross floor area: 1,410m2
type of building contract: design & construct with consultant team novated to the builder
owner / client: fkp property group
photographer: dianna snape
NH architecture design team: peter dredge (project principal), hamish lyon (design principal), andy gentry (project director), fiona collie (project architect) emily kilvington (project architect), astrid jenkin    architect), mitch mctaggart (architect), 
chris reddaway (architect), silvia tasani( architect),jan vastestaeger (architect), chad harrison (architectural draftsperson), 
ramiro marroquin (architectural illustrator & model maker)
builder: masbuild
developer / project manager: FKP property group
structural & civil: cardno ltd
mechanical, electrical & hydraulic: murchie consulting
building surveyor: mckenzie group consulting
acoustic: acoustic logic consultancy
traffic: gta consultants
cost consultant: donald cant watts corke
pool consultant: david powick & associates
landscape: tract

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