The Ballina Volunteer Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centre replaces the existing dilapidated tower which stood at the north break-wall at the mouth of the Richmond River, monitoring conditions and facilitating integrated emergency responses. Its limited budget, exposed position and role as navigational landmark dictated a strong, brutalist monolith, requiring as little maintenance as possible. Glazed bricks form a highly durable skin resistant to salt spray and graffiti, while their hit-and-miss laying pattern forms part of a natural ventilation system for each floor’s circulation areas. The structure contains a viewing platform, an acoustically separate integrated rescue operations space, storage, amenities and vertical circulation over three 50sqm stacked floor plates.
- Client- Ballina Shire Council
- Budget - $2M
- Function - Marine Rescue Centre
- Location - Ballina, NSW
- Year - 2016
- Team - Dom / Dan / Fraser // GeoLINK, Westera, Monteith, HJR
- Builder - Woollams
- Photography - CFJ
2017 AIA NSW COUNTRY DIVISION – WINNER, PUBLIC BUILDING
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2018 MBA NORTHERN REGIONS – WINNER, COMMERCIAL PROJECT $1-$3M
Reduced Building Footprint // Windows Limited to Viewing Platform // Naturally Ventilated Foyers on Each Level // Air Conditioning Restricted to Technical Areas // Highly Durable Glazed Bricks for Longevity