Sam Crawford Architects has been engaged by Inner West Council to design a new amenities building for Wicks Park; to replace an aging facility that no longer meets community expectations or standards of equal access. Wicks Park is a neighbourhood park, located within a mixed-use precinct of commercial, industrial and residential properties, on the corner of Sydenham Road and Victoria Road in Marrickville.
Safety, visibility, privacy and accessibility are key requirements of the design. The building must be sufficiently robust to be easily maintained, be able to deal with anti-social behaviour, and yet make people feel safe and welcome. In considering the siting of the building, it was agreed that it is important that it be located to have high visibility from the street, be accessible to passers-by, as well as close enough to users of the tennis courts, the children’s playground, and park visitors in general, without being too close to any of these activities.
Our concept for the design of the building is that it acts like a lantern in the park; welcoming, open and light throughout the day, and somewhat of a beacon in the evening. An impact resistant polycarbonate panel forms the upper walls and roof, giving the little building it a lantern like quality. The base is solid and private where required, and open and transparent elsewhere to maximise visibility, and airflow.
Sam Crawford, Imogene Tudor, Anna Paton, Ken Warr
Access Consultant – Blackett Maguire and Goldsmith
Geotechnical Engineer – Butler Partners
Hydraulic Engineer – ITM Design
Lighting & Electrical – Lighting, Art + Science
Quantity Surveyor – Bylett and Associates
Structural Engineer – Cantilever Engineers
Inner West Council