The integral hub of the project will be the new Visitor’s Centre, sited on top of the seawall and with easy access via foot, cycle and electric bus. The Centre – with it’s curving, overlapping shell-like outer walls and expansive light and view-filled interior – has been designed and engineered as a beacon; both enhancing the horizon, and drawing people towards it.
The primary function is to offer protection from the wind and waves, but a clever multiple-level layout means it’s an invitation for locals and visitors to come again and again to explore the landscape, understand the clever engineering, and enjoy the ever-changing views.
Working in close collaboration with Paul Newman and the team at Juice Architects, our engineering team has focused on making an ambitious vision a practical reality. In particular we’ve contributed ideas for key features like curved solid concrete interior walls, a lightweight timber roof and individual floor load paths.