2012 Melbourne Design Awards

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Image Credit : John Gollings


Project Overview

The Keast Park Community Pavilion and foreshore landscape provides a dynamic building and coastal design response that highlights and invigorates the entrance to Keast Park and the City of Frankston. It promotes community interaction and enhances a sense of connection and activity between the coastal foreshore, park and existing bowls club.

Project Commissioner

Frankston City Council

Project Creator

Jackson Clements Burrows Pty Ltd Architects


Tim Jackson - Design architect
Jon Clements - Design architect
Veryan Curnow - Project architect

Project Brief

During 2004 - 2006 the project partners were commissioned to undertake a Master Plan of the entire Keast Park foreshore area. This process involved all major stakeholders such as Frankston City Council, Seaford Foreshore community groups, local residents/park users and the Carrum Bowls Club. It was through the intimate process of consultation that a new community building which integrated the Carrum Bowls club, Sea Scouts and a multi-purpose centre/cafe was determined.

Direction from all parties were considered and incorporated during the later detail design of the building. The resulting building structure and landscape spine is very much derivative of a group development process, which resulted in a better functioning park with greater integration and accessibility of users and facilities.

Project Need

The ground floor consists of a series of timber pods incorporating building programme for the Sea-scouts and the Bowling Club which are separated by two large public deck areas. These undercroft spaces provide shade in summer and wind protection year round, as well as suggesting legible entry and visual access between the Bowling Club and the park. The public forecourt allows direct ramp access to the both levels of the building and park, ensuring the development is fully accessible to all people.

The upper level presents as a linear form that runs east/west from the Nepean Highway forecourt in the east to a cantilevered verandah space in the west overlooking the beach. This area incorporates the public cafe area and multipurpose space for the Bowling Club.

The timber deck provides a physical pedestrian connection to the beach. The positioning of the pathway and dune protection fence encourages beach users to directly engage with the building and dunescape whilst providing protection from the prevailing south westerly winds.

Design Challenge

The scale and form of the building is highly considered in regards to the surrounding foreshore and urban context. The sculptured angled roof form gently undulates and responds to the foreshore sand dune landscape and also in an abstract manner to the hipped roofs that are a typical of the surrounding Seaford area.

The massing of the building is reduced by a series of verandahs and eaves to the first level, further articulated with a series of vertical timber planks to provide shading and evoke an abstracted ‘tree canopy’.

The fabric of the building and coastal landscape form is constructed from thick hardwood timber elements and it is intended that, over time, the colour will weather naturally to reproduce the attractive qualities of common coastal structures such as jetties and bridges.

When viewed from the beach the buildings' undulating form gently raises and falls, as if it were an abstracted extension of the undulating foreshore dunes and landscape

The building has been designed with robust materials and detailing to ensure longevity and meet stringent sustainability objectives.


The building is sited and designed to incorporate ESD measures including passive heating and cooling, optimum natural daylight and ventilation, as well as water-saving initiatives and material selection. The building maintains an east-west orientation to achieve cross ventilation along its length through operable windows and doors, and to ensure winter sun is maximised. North and west-facing windows provide extensive natural daylight and are shaded by deep verandah overhangs, whilst south glazing is kept to a minimum. South glazing along the first floor deck provides protection against south prevailing winds. Shaded glazing to the west embraces bay views from the public café deck. Concrete floor slabs provide a good source of thermal mass for space temperature regulation whilst walls, floors and ceilings include insulation to levels in excess of BCA requirements to increase thermal performance. Underground rainwater tanks have been installed to reduce stormwater run-off and capture water for re-use for public toilet facilities.

The fabric of the building and coastal landscape form has been selected from sustainable sources where possible, including plantation timber cladding and decking. Materiality has also been chosen to have minimal visual effect on the coastal environment.

The landscape design utilises only indigenous plant species that are most adapted to the harsh local foreshore environment, including a substantial planting of Banksia trees (Banksia intergifolia), one of the dominate trees from the coastal Banksia woodland vegetation class found along the Seaford foreshore.


This award recognises the design process and product of planning, designing and constructing form, space and ambience that reflect functional, technical, social, and aesthetic considerations. Consideration given for material selection, technology, light and shadow. The project must be constructed. 
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