Location: Green Square, Sydney, Australia
Type: Aquatic Centre, Park
Size: Aquatic Centre 8,000 sqm, Park 20,000 sqm
Client: City of Sydney
Collaborators: Turf Design, AECOM
How can we expand on Australia’s relationship with the water in an urban setting?
Our proposal creates an urban beach for Gunyama Park and Aquatic Centre. The pool, park and field are combined into a continuous landscape stretching across the entire site. This urban play-scape is defined not by clear boundaries but through a shaping of the landscape to encourage play, interaction and physical activity. The pool is sheltered by a large span, light weight volume, hovering above, maintaining clear views across the site at street level. Unique to this particular facility is its role within a newly formed community; it is essential that this place provides an open invitation for people to meet, play and gather together for fun and games. The proposed design allows multiple forms of recreation whilst catering for special gatherings such as a ‘dive-in-cinema’ and roof top ‘city-view-sunbaking’ terrace. Recreational facilities such as this play a key role in addressing the health challenges faced by our communities. We see an opportunity to provide recreation infrastructure which encourages physical activity in innovative and unorthodox ways; the design includes additional amenities such as beach volley ball, basketball courts and a site wide running track which allows people to combine activities into circuit training style combinations. In this way the landscape encourages users to create their own tracks and to move their bodies in creative ways.