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.
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
Crèche with indoor/outdoor play areas
Fully equipped gymnasium and outdoor training circuit.
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.
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.”
“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
Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre
Designed by Andrew Burges Architects
Construction begins: 2017
Expected completion: mid 2019
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!”