South Melbourne Life Saving Club


Essendon Fields


September 2019


September 2019




Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

The new South Melbourne Life Saving Club responds to the linear nature of the foreshore that stretches from St Kilda to Port Melbourne. Both Beaconsfield Parade and the beach promenade are primarily concerned with linear north/south movement, which prompted the built form to capture and celebrate this dynamic flow and horizon line beyond. 

Being a public building, JCB wanted it to feel open and accessible to the community. The transparent multi-purpose space to its south, as well as the covered, open deck encourages views to the bay, and offers an opportunity to pause and engage with the beach, the club and any community functions happening within. 

The observation room and skylights playfully illuminate interiors and flick up out of the roof, mimicking sails and boating activities. 

Appreciating the location as a popular recreation destination, the generous terraced decks spill from the veranda down to the beach level, providing the club and community with ample opportunities to inhabit and enjoy the beachside environment. 


  • AIA Victorian Architecture Awards: Public Architecture Commendation 2020 
  • City of Port Phillip Design and Development Awards: Sustainability 2020 
  • City of Port Phillip Design and Development Awards: Non-residential development 2020 
  • Architizer A+ Awards: Architecture +Community Finalist 2021