Saltwater Coast is a new housing subdivision near Point Cook which will accommodate around 4,000 residents and appeal to the aspirational second home buyer. The development thematically exploits its proximity to quite a beautiful stretch on the western shores of Port Phillip Bay. The land owners and their landscape architects have put a great deal of effort into the careful reinterpretation of a sensitive local ecology that boasts a very significant bird migration area at the Chatham Wetlands.
The question for us as architects was how to reconcile the march of suburban sprawl with such a sensitive environment.The developers have achieved this largely through investment in public spaces with a landscape solution that is indebted to the local beach context, and by insisting on a compatible material palette for individual houses.
The emerging evidence on site suggests that the landscape solution is a very successful investment in public infrastructure, while the housing delivers mixed results, much as expected from the less design focused project home industry.
Into this context, Saltwater Coast has received a new lifestyle center.
This type of facility is now DE intriguer in the new subdivisions, acting as both a community center and private recreation club for the residents. Containing a lap pool, recreational pool, children’s pool, spa, gymnasium, tennis courts, a cafe, and mulch-purpose function space, the lifestyle center boasts all the facilities a healthy body would crave, and importantly encourages a sense of community and ownership among the locals, who will in the end manage the facility via a body corporate structure.
The new facility is located on a prominent corner opposite one of the new and elaborate linear parks, and in spite of being surrounded by houses, the site is clearly thrust into the public realm. This generates a desire for monumental – an architecture that is civic, in opposition to the cacophony of individualism that characterizes the growing collection of houses.
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