The Bayside Police Station designed by fjmt – Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp is located in Sandringham, Australia. Under tight budget constraints, the recognisable structure incorporates a shallow overhanging lip to its concrete frame, offering a level of shade but also a memorable entranceway to the public. All work spaces, meeting rooms, sally port, holding rooms, and the gym are organised around a central, top-lit atrium, creating a communal void in the heart of the facility where informal meetings and special events can be held.
This atrium is lined with locally-sourced Victorian Ash wood, creating a direct relationship with the local community. This beautiful material can also be found in curved form at the front facade, characterising the street address, coupled with a number of terracotta tiles. The perimeter of the main station volume is a layered system of glass operable panels, a captured linear landscaped garden, and a wall of continuous metal louvre grilles which provide environmental mediation and security.