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The Parramatta Park Trust invited lahznimmo architects to participate in a limited paid competition to design new amenities and shade shelter structures for Parramatta Park.
Amongst the diverse variety of Parks across the Sydney Region Parramatta Park stands out as being a genuine palimpsest of cultures that have formed a unique terrain through shifting occupation and land use. The result is a rich and diverse environment comprised of a layering of structures from different historical and cultural eras as well as landscapes. As an architect the design challenge is to develop a suite of new Amenities and Shade Structures which can sit equally comfortably anywhere across the varied landscape of Parramatta Park.
Rather than introducing new materials to the Park we propose continuing the tradition of building in brick and timber and exploring the potential opportunities presented by these materials in creating a new amenities building.
The building is expression is based on creating a permeable breathable brick skin which moves from a filigree screen to solid brick as privacy is required. As a point of departure from face or painted brick, we proposed a glazed finish for the amenities building. The glazed brick skin provides a durable, graffiti resistant, easily cleaned and low maintenance finish.
The roof form is expressed as simple folded plane which draped across the permeable brick skin with a ridge line that extends from corner to corner. This simple fold creates a sculptured space delineated and made more expressive by a simple timber ribbed roof structure.