portuguese entry wins australian international design competition.

Small jetty delivers big ideas

St Kilda Beach was once home to distinctive swimming-friendly structures such as sea baths and jetties. The last of these, the eccentric little Brookes Jetty, was demolished in 2015 in the face of community protest.

Supported by the City of Port Phillip, local citizens and business groups believe a clever new jetty will restore the beach’s character and encourage people back into the water.

To this end a design ideas competition for a replacement for Brookes Jetty was inaugurated in 2019. The $5000 Leighton Prize drew a remarkable 106 entries from Australia and internationally.

Chair of the judging panel, Dimity Reed, said the delightful entries reflect an international trend towards inventive reinterpretations of seaside structures. With many coming from local architecture students, this bodes well for the future of design in Australia.

State Architect Jill Garner presented the $5,000 Leighton Award for an elegant blade-shaped jetty to

Joao Sousa, JJs Architectura, Porto, Portugal, #77 The Wave

info@jjsarq.com +351 919 196 288

Their design is inspired by the fluid geometries of the coast, mediating between solid and liquid. The design evolves from a single walkway into an Aquatic Plaza that reactivates the jetty’s civic function. Wide terraces create a smooth transition between land and sea and create two amphitheatres, facing the sunset and the beach.

Highly Commended Awards went to:

Jimmy Carter & Barbara Materia, Architects. University of Illinois, Chicago             #64 Water Coaster

Trinidad Amwenabar Moreno, Australia                                                       #57 Brookes Jetty

Jiaq HE, Architecture Student, Melbourne University                                    #02   Boat

Mark Richards, Mark Richards Architects, Melbourne                         #48 Implied Dream

Vishnu Hazel, Architecture Student, University of Melbourne                      #58   Magnet

Feng Xue & Andre Braun, Atelier Feng Xue                                                   #88   The Paddle

Thomas Wooster, Architecture Student, Deakin University,             #89 Naïve Memoir

Luna Park, adjacent to the former Brookes Jetty, was a fitting setting for the awards, as many designs reference the playful ambience of Melbourne’s most popular beach destination.

The competition was proposed by prominent architectural photographer John Gollings and was organised by local architect James Brearley and activist group Bring Back Brookes Jetty.

Judges were: Chair, Dimity Reed AM, restaurateur Frank Van Haandel, Dr Christine Phillips, Senior Lecturer in Architecture RMIT, and David Brand, local councillor and architect.

The entries will be on public view until March 13 at Brearley Architects + Urbanists, BAU, 117 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, 9 am – 6.30 pm weekdays or by appointment 0405 699481.

Contact:

Bill Garner

048 748 1631

bill.garner@bigpond.com

 

James Brearley

0405 699 481

james@bau.com.au