Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung
Banyule City Council
Community, Leisure, Cultural
3500 m2 / 38 000 sf
Rush Wright Associates
This concept design for the Olympic Leisure Centre reflects an ongoing dialogue with the Heidelberg West community who through a series of workshops, discussions and iterations have contributed to a committed co-design process. The design is heavily influenced by a site rich in history within a diverse, multicultural community.
This new porous, multi-faceted community building is proposed to be made of recycled cream bricks from the site. Diversity is expressed in each volume which is specifically scaled to suit a particular purpose; together they simultaneously create a collective and a cohesive whole.
The recycled brick facades are flecked with the five colours represented in the Olympic rings, a nod to the sites Olympic village history as part of Melbourne 1956. Adorning the brick base of the proposed new centre, scaled hipped roofs reflect both the residential nature of the surrounding context, and also present a civic scale. One is greeted by a friendly, approachable, yet impressive sense of publicness.
A revitalised landscape and urban realm surrounds the proposed building, extending leisure activities across the whole site.
The future Olympic Leisure Centre re-imagines the arrangement of built form to better serve contemporary and future communities. References to its past are numerous, with opportunities for interpretive and reflective spaces throughout the broader site and building itself. A new living heritage is proposed here; one that encapsulates the sites broad cultural, social and natural values. The proposal is inclusive, resilient, and inviting.