Surf Club at Muriwai
A major park destination, Muriwai Beach is visited by over 1.3 million New Zealanders and international tourists annually. Its surf lifesavers are a vital service to the beach, and the surf club is a focal point for the area's tight-knit community. The previous 1970s surf club had battled sand-dune erosion for many years. The new facility needed to address this issue, whilst being many things for many people; a base for various local sports, leisure and interest groups, a purpose-designed educational facility, a community gathering point, and the foundation of a strong and prosperous ongoing volunteer lifeguard service. Consultation with the local community and existing facility identified that the surf club was their second home; 'their club', 'their beach'. This insight, along with the location's wild, windswept nature, led to a concept based on the iconic Kiwi bach. As a result, finishes are simple and robust, ensuring easy maintenance and allowing the building to sit respectfully in its coastal surroundings. Likewise, the building welcomes everyone. A range of activates are accommodated with the maximisation of outdoor space, expansive wash down decks, separate gear access and a social courtyard sheltered from the prevailing wind. The club facilities extend to the local community, with accommodation included.
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