Finalists announced for Sydney aquatic centre design

Wednesday, 18 June, 2014

Sydney’s newest aquatic centre and park could include features like an urban beach, a moonlight cinema and wetlands full of frogs if finalists in the City of Sydney’s competition to design the Green Square Aquatic Centre have their way.

These are some of the ideas put forward by the five Australian finalists shortlisted from 144 local and international entries in the competition to design the aquatic centre and neighbouring Gunyama Park.

To be located on Joynton Avenue, opposite the former South Sydney Hospital, the aquatic centre will include an outdoor 50 m pool, an indoor 25 m pool, a leisure pool, a hydrotherapy pool and a gym.

Entries had to incorporate synthetic playing fields, a children’s playground and an outdoor exercise circuit into the adjacent Gunyama Park. Competition judges looked for a design that demonstrated how the aquatic centre, playing field and park can fit together to create a space for the expanding local community.

“We asked for a sustainable design that mingled swimming, running, training and spectating and could also be a place for nearby residents to relax and enjoy themselves,” said Lord Mayor Clover Moore.

Selection of the final five designs marks the end of stage one of the competition, which is based on guidelines from Australia’s Institute of Architects and Institute of Landscape Architects.

Over the next 10 weeks, the finalists will prepare more detailed designs and carry out cost assessments. The jury will announce a winner later this year.

The five finalists are:

For more information about the project, click here.

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