City of Sydney Council announced finalists in the Green Square Design Competition for the Aquatic Centre and neighbouring Gunyama Park: Andrew Burns Architect, Cullinan Ivanov Partnership, CHROFI & McGregor Coxall, Andrew Burges Architects, and TYP-TOP Studio (Andrew Daly and Kevin Liu).
All five final schemes promise inclusive public recreational spaces while rehabilitating natural and wetland habitats lost during Zetland’s industrial expansion.
Scenarios depicted within some of the final designs include a picket-fence reminder of old cricket fields, a grand central foyer with sprawling views, a swimming pools sunken amid revived wetlands, a beach and boardwalk, and connected pools that can be rearranged for fun.
Located on Joynton Avenue, opposite the former South Sydney Hospital, the aquatic centre and park will form part of the commercial, retail and cultural heart of the $8 billion greater Green Square redevelopment on the city’s southern fringe, and will house a 50-metre outdoor pool, a 25-metre indoor pool, a leisure pool, a hydrotherapy pool and gymnasium.
It’s part of Australia’s biggest single urban development at present, and one of Sydney’s fastest growing communities, says Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore.
Over the next ten weeks, these stage-one finalists will prepare more detailed designs and cost assessments, but it’s encouraging to see already the contest of ideas shaping up.
Location: Sydney, Australia
Architects: Andrew Burns Architect, Cullinan Ivanov Partnership, CHROFI & McGregor Coxall, Andrew Burges Architects, TYP-TOP Studio
Competition: Green Square Design Competition