Built on the iconic Gold Coast, Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club is one of the first new surf clubs to be built in Australia for decades, it was designed to be a resonant place, and a waterfront destination that would cater for a variety of commercial and recreational activities.
The project team embarked on building a new facility which reflected not only the club’s status within the surfing community but also created a bold and visionary design to embrace and engage with the community. According to architect studio Arkhefield, the key to the design was balancing the building’s dual civic and recreational functions.
“This was achieved through a generous, publicly accessible and civic scaled, outdoor room. The expansive, sculpted roof with a dynamic uplit sunscreen contributes to both the casual beach culture as well as the lively Broadbeach atmosphere. The building contains both Surf Club facilities and a supporter’s club comprising a 600-seat restaurant, café, bar and gaming lounge,” commented a representative from Arkhefield.
The concept behind the surf club’s design was to explore the dual typologies of a gaming/dining club as well as a surf lifesaving facility. The architect wanted to reconceptualise the building’s dual civic and recreational functions, instead of thinking of it as a place that brings the city to the beach.
“The concepts aim to broaden the current approach to each typology, promoting the community focus and public engagement of life-saving functions, and broadening the club atmosphere to be more accessible, transparent and civic-minded,” explained Arkhefield.
The building’s folded and enveloping roof, adds expression and a sense of interest to the structure, whilst allowing the public to be drawn to the building with shade, shelter and activity even when the club is closed. Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club was designed to feel non-exclusive and inviting for everyone.
The project was completed in 2017 and is open to the public.
Arkhefield – Architect & Interior Design
Medland Metropolis – Electrical + Dry Fire
Paynter Dixon (Queensland) – Builder
ASK Consulting Engineers- Acoustic Engineer
Coastline Certification Group – Building Surveyor / Certifier
Motus Consulting – Civil Engineer
Sotera Fire Risk Engineering – Fire Engineer
Dunn and Moran Landscape Architects – Landscape Architect
Tony Dowthwaite Lighting Design – Lighting