SHAC Awards 2013

Bella Bloomfield is the winner of the 2013 SHAC Competition held with Surf Life Saving New Zealand.
We saw a number of excellent entries from students and professionals from all over New Zealand for the SHAC 2013 Surf Life Saving Tower Challenge.
Bella’s tower, the Portabella, most impressed the participating Surf Life Saving New Zealand clubs, their members, and SHAC judges.  She also won the Otago Polytechnic Design Prototype Award and $800 in their 2013 grad show for this work.
Bella’s Surf Life Saving tower design and prototype is now available for purchase from BB Cocoon Design
Furthermore, SHAC is pleased to announce that Mark Mismash has been awarded the “SHAC Research Leader Award for 2013” for his innovative interventions in Christchurch communities.
SHAC | Tim Bishop | 021 750 346
Surf Life Saving New Zealand | Nick Mulcahy | 04 560 0334
Cocoon Design | Bella Bloomfield |
Otago Polytechnic | 0800 762 786

2013 MicroArchitecture subconsent

Sustainable Habitat Challenge 2013 – Call for Entries

Richard Horden "Beach Point" 1997
Richard Horden “Beach Point” 1997

Design a subconsent Surf Lifesaving Tower.
Two or more A3 sheets due 30 Aug 2013 12:00 noon.
How are we going to live well, with purpose, with more community, and with less reliance on resources like materials and energy?
The SHAC Challenge is a way to learn about the building code, experiment with buildings, and to develop prototypes for our new built environment. We designers, engineers, architects, builders, and others will be creating our new built environment for the rest of our lives.
This challenge has entrants considering a a key future design need: structures that sit off of the ground, on potentially adjustable supports.  How is the structure anchored to the ground?  Are the anchors durable? When will the structure overturn?
* Provide a playful competition to help designers, builders and the public better understand the art and science of building.
* Promote design and build as a collaborative, evolutionary process
* Promote the re-use of building materials
* Promote living well, with purpose, and with less reliance on money and resources
* Promote creative responses that do not require a large budget
Design Requirements
* The building must not require building consent, as per the DBH discussion document.  Example exemptions (daawalls fences), (gadecks), (i10m2 buildings), (jveranda/patio/porch/awnings), (jb – pergola), (je – shade sail), (jf – carport), and (k – low cost / consequence).  Exemptions can be combined.
* The building will provide for use as a surf life saving tower. It may also provide other use(s) now or in the future.
* The building may make use of recycled building materials.
* The building may make use of solar energy: eg, passive solar, solar electric, or solar thermal technology.
Entry Requirements and Checklist
* Register for your number here
* Please email your submission to
* Due Date – 30 Aug 2013 12:00 noon [NZ time]
* 150 word description of the project in the body of the email [same as described below]
* ProjectName-SubmissionNumber-A3.pdf
* ProjectName-SubmissionNumber-image.png   [or .jpg or .gif]
* ProjectName-SubmissionNumber-any other file   [could be sketchup, pdf of photos, etc]
* The PDF A3 presentation sheets are what explain the project. This may include sketches, plans, elevations, sections, and/or photos of the materials or techniques to be used.
* Entries not to include your names or logos, only your assigned submission number.
* In 150 words or less explain the following:
a) The project and its purpose, it’s present and potential future uses.
b) Possible methods of construction
c) List the exemptions used from Schedule 1 of the building Act.
d) How the project will be supplied with any electrical power, and water, if needed.
* You may choose to include a sketchup file. Or photos of projects underway are acceptable.
* Please submit all files electronically to
* Maximum size about 20MB per email.
* Submitted designs should be copyrighted under a Creative Commons license of your choice, suggested: “CC-Attribution” or “CC-Attribution-NonCommercial”
* Judging will take place in September-November.
* Best entries will be honoured with awards and prizes
* Submitted designs should be copyrighted by the author(s) under a Creative Commons license of your choice, suggested: “CC-Attribution” or “CC-Attribution-NonCommercial”* Questions can be sent to, and answers will be sent to all registered teams.
* SHAC reserves the right to not accept any entries.
* Best entries will be honoured with awards and prizes.
* All entries may be published by SHAC on our web site or other medium.
* Thank you for your submission!
The Chair - Wilson and Hill Architects
The Chair – Wilson and Hill Architects

More on Surf Life Saving Towers from Surf Life Saving New Zealand >>> (PDF)
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2012 Entries >>>

2013 MicroArchitecture subconsent

Surf Life Saving Towers

There are a range of surf lifeguard patrol towers currently in use throughout New Zealand, including:
· Patrol towers incorporated within clubhouse’s (e.g. Titahi Bay); these are typically rooms which protrude from the clubhouse. They are common where the clubhouse has been built on the active beach or foredune.
· Standalone fixed structures (e.g. Muriwai Beach); these are solid structures, which are often built into the foredune. They have typically been used where the clubhouse is situated a considerable distance back from the beach (as such have limited view of the beach).
· Semi-mobile structures (e.g. Takapuna Beach); these structures are placed on the beach, and are self-supporting. They have typically been used where there is a surf lifeguarding service, but no club or clubhouse. These towers are removed from the beach (via crane) and stored during the off-season.
· Mobile structures (e.g. Piha Beach); these are driven on/off the beach daily.
The key functional requirements and intended benefits differ with each type of patrol tower. The particular tower a club/surf lifeguard service choose will depend on the need of the service and the funding available.
There are a range of different designs for each type of patrol tower, with many different examples throughout New Zealand. Surf Life Saving clubs have traditionally engaged a designer and/or manufacturer to produce their tower based on their needs and requirements.