Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre

Architect's render of Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre

Inspired by Sydney’s famous ocean swimming spots, the City of Sydney’s new Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre will offer a great range of swimming experiences for all types of swimmers.

This is a pool designed for Sydney – creative, beautiful and practical, it’ll feel like you’re stepping onto an urban beach. Like Bronte’s coastal pool, 50m of outdoor lap lanes will be placed within a free form pool to expand the social possibilities of swimming.

From children playing and friends taking a dip to serious swimmers improving lap times – there will be something for everyone.

Heated and powered by its own locally produced energy system, Gunyama Park and Aquatic Centre will also offer indoor pools, a gym, a covered outdoor yoga deck, a café and a crèche.

There will also be plenty of outdoor space to relax and play in, including a skate bowl, industrial adventure pipes, barbecue facilities, a training circuit and a multi-purpose sports field.

This is a community park designed for relaxing, socialising and exercising.

Features:

  • The largest pool complex built in Sydney since the 2000 Olympics
  • 50m heated outdoor pool for lap swimming and play
  • 25m program pool
  • Indoor leisure pool with interactive toys
  • Hydrotherapy pool
  • Crèche with indoor/outdoor play areas
  • Fully equipped gymnasium and outdoor training circuit.
Architect's render of Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre

Inspiring design excellence

The City is proud to be one of the few Australian organisations conducting open architecture competitions to find the most beautiful, functional and sustainably designed buildings.

In 2014, 144 architects submitted designs, which were exhibited for public feedback that was utilised in the jury’s deliberations.

Andrew Burges Architects in association with Grimshaw and TCL created the winning design – an urban beach pool seamlessly integrating into a park.

“This will be a beautifully conceived, unique community experience.” Jury panel “Not just for fitness fanatics, this is a place for all people to enjoy the centre in different ways – even if it’s simply reading the paper in the sun and enjoying the occasional dip.” Andrew Burges of Andrew Burges Architects
Architect's render of Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre

Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre

Designed by Andrew Burges Architects

Construction begins: 2017

Expected completion: mid 2019

Architect's render of Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre

What does Gunyama mean?

During the 1850s Waterloo was a smelly place. Strong southerlies blew through the area and noxious trades dealing in animal skins gave the southwest wind a distinctive presence. The Sydney Aboriginal language word gunyama means “wind from the south-west” while an associated word, gunyamara means “stink!”