This stunning kiosk by Tony Hobba Architects at Torquay Beach, Victoria was built from recycled rusting steel piles with the oxidised materials giving the suggestion that the building has been cobbled together using materials which may have washed up on the beach.
Sustainability and re-use were integral to the building design of Third Wave Kiosk with the steel piles re-used from the 2010/2011 Victorian floods to protect the banks of the Murray River after an extreme rain event.
The sheet piles have also been used as retaining walls for the outdoor terrace and lookout area, which provided to be efficient structurally and financially as well as reducing the projects overall embodied energy.
I can imagine how stunning the view would be sit be sitting in the lookout area as the sun goes down at the end of a hot day. What are your thoughts on this project?
– Re-used sheet piles left in their original condition
– Efficient construction both structurally and financially
– Adheres to local Victorian Coastal Strategy
This project was inspired by the eroding forces of the ocean. The skin of rusting steel piles driven into the dunes provides a canvas for the expression of these natural forces. The oxidised patina nestles into the coastal scape, suggesting a piece of washed up furniture, maybe cobbled together with found materials.
Nadine is the founder and editor of Eco Edition and founder of the Eco Edition Design School. She’s an experienced interior designer, sustainable materials consultant, speaker and serial home renovator.