Green Square Design Competition, Gunyama Park and Aquatic Centre
City of Sydney

The City of Sydney invited architects and landscape architects to enter a design competition to create a new park and aquatic leisure centre for the Green Square area.

The winning design will combine a precinct recreation park with a state-of-the-art aquatic leisure facility, meeting the City’s design excellence standards.

The five finalists were chosen by the competition jury and announced on 17 June 2014. The jury were impressed with the high level of entries, but felt the five chosen had understood the brief, and offered a good range of exciting possibilities for the Green Square community.

The finalists will now refine their entries in the next stage of the competition and the winner will be announced later this year.

The finalists

Andrew Burns Architect

Andrew Burns Architect

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Cullinan Ivanov Partnership

Cullinan Ivanov Partnership

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CHROFI & McGregor Coxall

CHROFI & McGregor Coxall

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Andrew Burges Architects

Andrew Burges Architects

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TYP-TOP Studio (Andrew Daly and Kevin Liu)

TYP-TOP Studio (Andrew Daly and Kevin Liu)

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The City’s vision

Our vision for the Gunyama Park and Green Square Aquatic Centre development is for an all-inclusive physical activity hub. A recreation park for the whole precinct combined with a state-of-the-art aquatic leisure facility will meet the health, fitness and recreational needs of the large and diverse local community of residents and workers. It will be a place that caters for people of all backgrounds and abilities, with a joyful and stimulating environment to encourage active lifestyles.

Activating the inner south

Gradually changing from an industrial centre to an urban redevelopment area, Green Square is one of the fastest growing neighbourhoods in the city. The 278 hectare precinct includes Zetland and Beaconsfield, and parts of Rosebery, Waterloo and Alexandria and will eventually be home to 48,000 residents and the workplace for 22,000 people.

Many of these residents will be living in vertical villages, either in the new town centre next to the station or in other new precincts such as Epsom Park, Lachlan Precinct and Victoria Park. It is vital that Green Square’s residents, workers and visitors have open spaces in which to meet and gather, to play and exercise. The park and aquatic centre will complement the library, the plaza, other new parks, and the creative community hub on the former hospital site in creating a vibrant and active neighbourhood.

Leading the way

The City of Sydney is proud of the leadership role it plays in urban design, and pursues design excellence in all of our architecture, landscape and urban design projects.

Pirrama Park

Stewart Hollenstein’s winning design from our 2012 design competition for the Green Square library and plaza.

The competition

To ensure high quality design, the procurement process for the park and aquatic centre will be a two stage open architectural design competition. The competition will be staged in accordance with the Australian Institute of Architects Guidelines for Architectural Competitions and the Australian Landscape Architects Guidelines for the Promotion and Conduct of Competitions.

The first stage was an open anonymous call for designs, from which five have been short-listed by the jury. In the second stage, the five chosen entrants will prepare more detailed designs from which a final winner will be selected.

Meet the competition jury

Chair – Carey Lyon

Director of Lyons, an award-winning architecture and urban design practice based in Melbourne; acknowledged leader in urban design, sustainability and the design of research / learning environments

Professor Richard Johnson MBE AO, NSW

Director of Johnson Pilton Walker, an award-winning architecture and urban design practice based in Sydney; Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects; RAIA Gold Medallist

Camilla Block, NSW

Director of Durbach Block Jaggers, an award-winning architecture and urban design practice based in Sydney; acknowledged design leader for residential, commercial and civic projects

Landscape Architect – Professor Gini Lee, Victoria

Elisabeth Murdoch Chair of Landscape Architecture, University of Melbourne; registered landscape architect; member of City of Melbourne Parks & Gardens Advisory Committee

Greg Holman, NSW Architect / Aquatic Buildability & Construction

Principal Architect at Harry Seidler & Associates, in charge of the winning design and construction oversight of the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre in Sydney