A lifeguard tower that is simple, functional and mobile. In its mobile state it functions as a boat trailer, which can easily be erected into a structurally safe lifeguard tower with good view. This gives the design a greater value both for business and private use. It is fully mobile and therefore can be transported during the off season to undergo maintenance and repairs.
The structure evolves around a hollow rectangular shaped aluminium structure used for aircraft construction. It will have tires and regulation standard lights for its mobile, boat trailer, state. Foldable seats will act as a cushion when traveling with a boat. Two people can erect the structure, and access is with small but adequate step/grip handles which will be on both sides of the structure as fixtures to the main structure. Sun shelter will be achieved with collapsible sunroof, which is easy in transportation. Since the structure is made of hollow aluminium material, it is possible to store both water and fuel in it for on beach supply.
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This curvaceous, sub consent surf lifesaving tower is designed through several iterations to maximise its 360o views. This design is able to cater for all surf lifesaving requirements including an inside area, desk space, storage, multiple viewing levels and easy access. Its future uses could include being used as a platform to provide seating areas and shelter for people.
This surf lifesaving tower could be constructed using recycled materials such as pre-cut culverts and wooden panels. The base cylinder goes 1.5 metres into the sand providing support to hold up the whole tower. Flexible strips of material are used on the back of the doorway so it can be easily folded and opened. The thicker concrete cylinders are hollowed out so they are less expensive and can be used as storage areas.
This easy to build surf tower, constructed with timber will provide for an elevated platform for lifeguards to keep an eye on the beach. Its angular form is based on the repitition of triangles which create a sense of movement and energy. It is a simple structure that fillfils its purpose effectively.
The Pod [2013-19]
The Pod is an environmental solution for a life guard tower.
- a timber frame to elevate it
- an aluminum frame
- layered recycled paper cladding
- waterproofing heat shrink membrane.
This would be a low cost structure and engage the community by involving them in the completion of the layered paper cladding. Its elliptical shape is reminiscent of an eye, watching out over the beach during the day and closing up at night time. Its large seating area comfortably allows for at least 3 lifeguards, and the storage of equipment inside which is locked up at night. Entry and exit is by a removable ladder, taken to and from The Pod daily. The ladder would feature railings so a guard can slide down and exit The Pod quickly in an emergency. Its futuristic design could completely alter the image of surf life saving in New Zealand.
Pallet Tower [2013-34]
By using the modules of a standard NZ pallet (1200mmX1000mmX140mm) you could simply join the modules with bolts, screws, plates, angled brackets, T brackets, nails, and strip braces. Structural uplift is minimized by placing sand bags on the sub-platform compartment. Lateral instability would be resolved by the use of strip braces across selected module-combinations. The cantilevered storage area is secured as the module combination adheres to the 2/3 structural principle, plus the assistance of angled brackets. Essentially, the structure is strong due to the combination of turns and low centre of gravity. It is easily buildable due to the simple (and re-usable) joinery and its simple modular methodology. ThePalletTower-2013-34-A3 PDF
Elevation, Accessibility, Awareness.
Accessibility to ensure lifeguards get on and off the lifeguard tower as fast as possible in an emergency situation. The design allows for quick elevation to heights where you can view far into the distance. The platform allows the lifeguard to keep watch over the beach it is also at a height of which you can jump off safely.
The structure is also very abstract in the way its designed, this achieves awareness not only for the lifeguards in the tower but to beach goers and surfers alike, recognition of the lifeguard tower is very important as a means of locating a lost child or keeping an idea where you are in the water.
The tower is to be made of recycled materials such as, recycled floorboards for the timber, recycled piped for supporting structure. And recycled sails or old vinyl signage for the shading system.
The aim of this project was to embody the essence of what it takes to be a life guard. Observation, Strength, and Endurance. To utilize the often wasted and forgotten space under the observation tower we have incorporated a recreational bouldering facility into our design. This also provides a suitable shaded area for emergencies and an excellent strength training facility for the life guards. The best thing a lifeguard can do is talk to the public on safety and keep them informed on beach conditions. Whilst this space encourages recreational use and the interaction between life guards and the public, we have separated it from the most important service of the life guard tower which is observation. The angle and projection of the walls on the tower and open roof immediately force the lifeguards to look out over the beach and onto the ocean. We have also made careful considerations for services and lockable storage facilities.
Surf life saving tower and Recreational bouldering cave-2013-33-A3 PDF
Our design was inspired by the yellow pages tree house. It has the ability to support its own structure with its domed shape. The lifeguard tower will be constructed from Douglas fir wood because of its durability. strength. and flexibility.
The interior floors will be plywood. Laminated glass will be used for the main windows for its high strength along with wooden joinery for weather tight capacity.
The functionality of our structure focuses on communication and observation by having two separate heights it helps the lifeguards. giving them a wider view when searching for any signs of danger.
There is a short distance between the two towers to ensure quick communication..
Saver Trailer [2013-11]
The Saver Trailer, an innovative mobile lifesaving tower, which focuses on mobility – along and between beaches. The viewing platform, two and a half metres high, is erected, becoming an enclosed or open platform.
A simple pull/push movement of the middle aluminium pole erects and supports the tower which collapses down for transporting/storing. PVC (polyvinyl chloride) clear blinds protect from the rain and wind without compromising observation, while sunny days the attached shaded material protects the guards from sunrays, these can also be rolled up, to any height, to allow air flow.
One side of the trailer folds out to create two solid rope ladders and a canvas slide for a quick descent and access to the tower, while the back folds down to create access to the storage within the trailer that holds chilly binned water and a possible changing room for the lifeguard’s.
The key design need is for the unit to sit off the ground. My design sits 2m above the ground, is portable, and can be anchored to the ground using metal cables and KELTY sand pegs. The unit has a waterproof covering, red and yellow which gives the unit identity and transparent for vision of beach when inside the tower. The unit has a small ratchet mechanism allowing for the transparent covering to fold up and down, beneficial for scenarios where there may be a breeze or rain.
Construction methods for A-frame include mortise and tenon joins which are strong as the wood interlocks. Intended material for the A-frame is 100x50mm Macrocarpa. For the units flooring I intend to use H3 treated ply, 21mm thick.
Other uses for this design include: portable cabins for campground accommodation, backyard shelters, or community garden shelters.
PORTAbell TOWER-2013-38-A3 PDF