Sandycove Lifeguard Hut and Changing Shelter

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Co Dublin, 2014

 

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A lifeguard hut and changing shelter

Sandycove Harbour and the adjoining Forty Foot are well known and extremely popular bathing areas in South Dublin. This small project provides a hut for lifeguards and their equipment as well as a shelter and showering area for bathers.

The location of this project is highly picturesque and sensitive – a man made landscape hewn from bedrock and formed with roughly shaped granite blocks. It is visible for long distances across Scotsman Bay and its backdrop is the Sandycove Martello Tower and the house of Ireland’s most important modern architect - Michael Scott. It is also the setting of the first chapter of James Joyces' Ulysses.

The project responds to this context using an architectural language of simple robust forms shaped to both the site and to each use. The lifeguard hut curves to frame the passage to the Forty Foot while the seating area is shaped to create a suntrap and shelter from the wind. A curved wall creates an enclosing outdoor shower area.

The building has a formal quality that references both local seaside buildings and harbour walls. It also references Mediterranean architecture with whitewashed walls and semi dressed stone blocks contrasting strongly with the granite rock on which it is sited.

Data

  • Begun: Sep 2013
  • Completed: Jan 2014
  • Floor area: 16m2
  • Sector: Sports and leisure
  • Total cost: £117,000
  • Funding: Local Government
  • Tender date: Aug 2013
  • Procurement: GCCC Form of contract
  • Address: Sandycove Lifeguard Hut and Changing Shelter, Sandycove , Co Dublin, Ireland