lahznimmo architects were awarded this commission through a short listed paid competition process. The project involved implementing a Masterplan for the provision of new Public Amenities throughout the Centennial Parklands. The brief for the new amenities facility was to create a generic building, which could be built throughout the Park with minimal adaptation.
The design strategy involved creating a linear landscape driven building which could adhere to existing pathway systems or act as a backdrop to the landscape beyond. The male and female program was divided into two pavilions and linked by a roof. The space created between the pavilions acts as a central entry point to the Toilets. The washbasins are externalized and also located in this central communal space providing a unique experience for the user to wash their hands and look out to the Park. This external communal room also provides a reassuring sense of security and surveillance.
Tectonically the form of building is driven by the creation of a compressed masonry section protecting and housing the cisterns and plumbing, juxtaposed with a lightweight steel and glass structure. An iconic timber and weathered steel screen is then added to both protect the glass and provide a memorable element, which signals the structures as Public Amenities. The generic form can also be extended to incorporate male and female change rooms at either end where required.
Architects - Lahz Nimmo Architects Project Team – Andrew Nimmo, Annabel Lahz, Andrew Lamond, Peter Titmuss Project Manager - Incoll Management Structural – D.W. Knox + Partners Hydraulic/ Civil - Acor Consultants Electrical - Lighting Art + Science Quantity Surveyor – Cave + Associates Landscape Architect - Pittendrigh Shinkfield Bruce Builder – Les Moore Projects Photographer – Brett Boardman Client - The Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust