As the more pale areas of the country are experiencing near-record low temperatures, I’m pretending it’s summer all week long. We started the week looking at a warm and modern lake house and yesterday saw iterations on the theme of a pool house. Today we’re looking at a rusty surf shack.
Designed by Tony Hobba Architects, it’s not just a rusty surf shack, but a small building that serves as a gourmet coffee shop, a restroom, and a changing facility for beach goers. On second thought, I’m not sure if this even qualifies as a surf shack, but I’m at a loss to figure out what it should be called. Just a rusty concession stand? A metal cabana you can pee in? There are clear disadvantages to my growing up so far inland.
What’s remarkable about this small project is that it was constructed using left over pleated steel plates that usually are driven below grade to help build sturdy foundations. These particular bits of pleated steel were used in a less conventional but more relevant way durring the 2011 Victorian floods to help control water from the Murray River. And now they make the walls of this small beach kiosk. It’s a smart solution that utilizes waste as a resource, and a surprisingly sophisticated use of it at that.
These walls will continue to patina as they react to the saline environment of the beach. These walls will also warm in the light of the sun, which will accelerate the deterioration of the structural skin. It’s almost as if the project was trying desperately to get a tan.
Found through Inhabitat