Pool and Park
In collaboration with Burton Architecture
Location: Green Square
Client: City of Sydney
Project dates: 2014
This competition entry proposed a 21st century pleasure garden and leisure park through the design of a new aquatic facility in Green Square in Sydney. The design proposed a simple building form centred on the loop pool and elevated circuit that connects park activities. The 50m pool was designed as a continuous 2 lane canal circuit that provides multiple experiences, such as swimming through trees, along a boardwalk and street, and through a short tunnel. The swimming circuit provides multiple views; to parklands, open sky, to people and activities beyond the walls of the building creating a memorable swimming experience.
The broader proposal relocated the pool facility in order to create a green gateway to the town centre, connecting parks to the north, south, east and west. The structure creates two distinctive park spaces with a diagonal civic promenade that connects Zetland Avenue in the north to Rose Valley Way in the south. A sinuous loop path connects through the heart of the park and wraps around a proposed sports field, on top of an elevated lawn mound which conceals parking underneath. Under a grove of light canopied gums, an adventure playground overlooks a village green, while a play space for younger children is provided under the shade of the promenade walk.