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Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club

Sand, sun and surf are inevitable in this two-storied, new-build sports facility two steps from the beach.

With top storey natural timber cladding and driftwood-like, mixed-height stairs and balustrades, the building blends with and responds to its coastal environment. Much-needed storage space for lifesaving equipment has easy access. Sharing the upstairs with a games room and gym, the clubroom provides unencumbered views of the whole bay and popular Oneroa Walk and Cycleway.

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The beach and club are brightly reflected in the yellow central lift and blue doors. Carpet tiles, made from recycled fishing nets, drift from sand to blue – the material selection approach being eco-consciously green.

Painted concrete slabs and aluminium joinery make downstairs robust and easy to clean.

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