Bondi Beach is one of the world’s true icons, recognisable, valued, unique and ‘belongs’ to the world, to Australia, to Sydney, and importantly to its local community. Balancing these identities ensures that the natural and heritage environment is enhanced, that growth and change are carefully managed for locals and visitors alike.
With the aim of increased flexibility and fully-accessible use, the new shelters reduce visual impacts and respond to a contemporary vision for Bondi. Subtly iconic, the new shelters recall wave and cloud forms, linking the urban bustle of Campbell Parade to the movement of the Ocean.
A small range of very durable materials: stainless steel, copper and treated plywood, unite natural and urban finishes in a form that responds directly to the landscape and brief. The roof follows the fall of the land, dipping to shelter the seaward side and lifting for winter solar access to the north-west, with minimal support and a flexible seating layout allowing multiple groups to enjoy the shade. As well, the form of the roof minimises view interruption from Campbell Parade to the ocean, whilst the newly-regenerated landscape provides wind protection to each shelter.
Loved by beach lovers – their functional use is apparent. Visually – they are delightful and already been recognised with one award so far. The composition of materials and textures is awesome and the way the product echoes so many attributes of the waterfront, and particularly Bondi Beach is wonderful.
What is it? A whale? A beach sandal? A wave? A seagull’s wing? The shelter brings many shapes to mind, it’s very supple and flowing form reminiscent of many things found in or around Bondi and the sandy coast of Sydney.
This image shows the use of a variety of materials to create a distinct design palette; Bead blasted stainless steel structure, timber soffit and copper fascia’s and trims