- NSW Heritage Office
- Wollongong, NSW
- Tim Greer, Peter Tonkin, Jennifer Fetner
The existing North Beach Bathing Pavilion is an example of interwar International Functionalist architecture, uniquely adapted to its beach setting. Its linear form with curved ends is an elegant response to the pavilionâ€™s location, sandwiched between beach and cliff. The Bathing Pavilion also has significant potential to be developed as a vibrant commercial enterprise, generating revenue for its restoration and maintenance. In order to maintain a balance between the two, TZG were invited to propose adaptive reuse guidelines by the Heritage Council of NSW.
TZGâ€™s proposal recommended preserving its original fabric, proposing a linear addition with soft curved ends and set back facade. The proposed form took its inspiration from seaside architecture utilising a lightweight structure, continuous balconies and fabric awnings. By centralising access to the building, accentuating the symmetrical nature of its construction and cantilevering part of the first floor, the proposal is able to heighten the sense of public ownership and commercial potential without the destruction of its authenticity.