Gunyama Park and Aquatic Centre


132-138 Joynton Avenue, Zetland, NSW, Australia



City of Sydney


Design Team

Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture

Cullinan Ivanov Partnership

Spirit Level Designs

Paul Berkemeier Architect


Shortlisted – Gunyama Park and Green Square Aquatic Centre Competition 2014

Gunyama references natural history, building on the themes of wind, water and birdlife, and the dynamic systems that form and continue to shape the landscape. The Aquatic Centre building is designed as a part of a whole site approach that explores the nature of the original landscape, and wind as a geologic agent.

Subtle changes in the landform reference shapes of wind blown sands. At the Eastern end, the play areas are in the shape of barchan dunes, forming discreet and protected pods to house play, and in the second stage, to expand the program with exercise, play or display. The pods set up a rhythm of low walls at this end that clearly define entries and set a spatial edge. The eastern end of the park is an energised, active collection of community functions organised around an urban street edge; a broad path extends into the park with BBQ and picnic facilities.

The layering of programmes spread throughout the park allows for a diversity of community groups to separately occupy each zone, providing a much more space friendly park and the ability for different generations to interact for social, safety and supervising purposes.