This park, wedged between a very busy road and the central railway station, is not exactly an ideal location. The architects had their work cut out for them.
|Not much to see from the street besides these colourful ventilation ducts. Photo ©Darren Bradley|
|The café with the green roof/hill/berm behind it. Notwithstanding the safety of that little girl, I was really cursing the presence of that ugly fencing all around the complex. Photo ©Darren Bradley|
|Photo ©Darren Bradley|
The other best parts of the project that I didn't get a chance to photograph were the locker rooms (I'm sure the lifeguard would have loved that, too...). Naturally lit and ventilated, it's a sweeping, wave-like wall. Simple and very nicely done.
On a sincerely sad note, the Murcutt side of Neeson Murcutt Architects passed away suddenly in March of 2011 after a short battle with lung cancer. Nick Murcutt (son of Pritzker Prize-winning Australian architect Glenn Murcutt) was not only the business partner of Rachel Neeson, but they were also life partners, and had two kids. My condolences to his family.