The site was occupied by an existing two storey structural unsound concrete and timber frame toilet block and under used soccer club above which was demolished.
The new toilet block in Eastbourne is located in an active precinct incorporating the local pool, yacht club, scout hall, playing fields, wharf, library and village.
The brief from Hutt City Council was to construct an economic new toilet block utilising the pre-fabricated toilet system by Exeloo. The new structure also needed to encapsulate an existing concrete pump room.
The concept was to wrap the pump room and the Exeloo units within a simple, light weight timber structure utilising a series of laminated timber portals supporting the roof and Saligna timber batten screen. The timber portals are separated out from the building to offer a legible structure overlaid with the carefully setout timber screen battens.
Above the battens pull back to reveal a lantern top which illuminates the structure at night, and appears as a lantern. The timber screen will eventually weather with effects of wind, rain and sea, enhancing this small structure.
See Bevan & Slessor architects website for more info and images
Also see NZ Wood website for article in relation to the Timber Design Awards