A City of Sydney project, Pirrama Park captured the imagination of architects globally and in 2010 went on to win ASPECT Studios + Hill Thalis the coveted AILA NSW Award. Among the park’s more notable features are its boardwalks, jetty, picnic shelters and cliff access stairs.
The challenge with this project included a number of tricky and complex structures on the site. These were mainly the architectural pieces which meant there was no room for mistakes, budget blowouts or missed deadlines. Because multiple contractors were involved, great project management, clear communications and open collaboration were important.
ASPECT Studios + Hill Thalis knew that its designs would present a considerable manufacturing and installation challenge to most construction firms. So they chose to work with us because they had confidence our inhouse team would be able to deliver a coordinate, end-to-end service.
We developed our Design Execute methodology into DE2 to enable us to work even more collaboratively and seamlessly with our partners. Pirrama Park is the winner of multiple awards including the highest awards from the Australian Institute of Architects in Urban Design – ‘The Walter Burley Griffin Award’, and ‘The Medal’ from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. We’re very proud of the role we played in bringing ASPECT Studio’s vision to life and creating a landmark location that everyone can enjoy.
Timber seats were crafted by recycling the timber from the wharf adjacent. The wharf was the relic of the Water Police years, and was removed to make way for the inner pool. The timber was re-used on the site wherever possible.
The stair is held to the cliff using engineered rock-bolts, sunk a number of metres into the stone face of the cliff.
The use of honed concrete, Australian hardwood and steel coated with micaceous iron oxide provides a very nice blend of materials on the shelter closest to the water’s edge.
Fleetwood were central to the success of Pirrama Park, the whole material language of the park is one which is a re-purposing of industrial materials; Hardwood timber, concrete, robust planting… all of these things have a kind of an industrial aesthetic. Fleetwood delivered all of the timber work for us from the play-space to their linear deck to the shade canopies, to great effect.Sacha Coles Design and Innovation Director, ASPECT Studios