The reinterpretation of the quintessential Australian surf lifesaving club - iconic and contemporary

Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club + Amenities Building

Life on the Northern Beaches in New South Wales Australia is characterised by a strong surf, beach, and sports culture and a deep affinity for the land and seascape. It’s an area with a distinct local identity, deeply tied to its physical surroundings. Surf lifesaving clubs play a central role in community life, providing social gathering places as well as beach rescue and safety education facilities.
A robust material palette, including timber and textured raw concrete, were chosen to reflect the natural environment, withstand exposure to the elements, and minimise maintenance expenditure.
By drawing the community, the park and the beach together, the new facility will continue to support an important safety and community service, while also being a more inclusive people-first space – breaking down barriers to welcome new people from right across the community into the club.
Monocle Magazine
The building design has provided massive improvements, both operationally and commercially. The club now has fit-for-purpose spaces such as a gear shed, gym, clothing store, canteen, bar and venue hire space – each providing excellent layout and access and enables the club to operate in multiple areas at the same time in an efficient, effective, and safe manner.
Paula Tocquer - President, Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club

Collective Effort

Collective Effort

Sven Ollmann
Executive Team, Principal
Barrington Gohns
Head of Design, Principal
James Morgan
Associate Principal
Australia Institute of Architects NSW Awards — Small Project Architecture (Amenities Building) Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Awards - Silver Pin — Silver Pin