Cabarita Park Conservatory

Cabarita Park, City of Canada Bay, NSW

Cabarita Park is a historic 10-hectare park perched on a verdant promontory on the southern shore of the Parramatta River. Centrally located in the City of Canada Bay and only 10km from the Sydney CBD, the park and surrounding areas have a long tradition of attracting locals and visitors alike to enjoy the natural setting and river-side aspect. In 2013, the City of Canada Bay Council engaged us to undertake a concept design investigation for provision of a community space and amenities to accommodate a range of compatible activities, ranging from community gatherings to music, writing and the arts.

The building is expressed as a pavilion in the park, sitting lightly amongst the trees and providing generous gathering spaces within and adjoining the buildings. A spectacular Moreton Bay Fig tree frames an outdoor gathering space to the west while the elevated public hall enjoys glimpses of the Parramatta River to the east. Utilising simple and robust materials of timber, steel and glass, the material language of the building references park and community buildings local to Sydney’s waters edges. The conservatory is designed to be used as a true community space bringing together diverse groups of residents, interest groups and visitors. Site specific artworks have been commissioned by The City of Canada Bay to compliment the building design and parkland setting.




2018 NSW Australian Institute of Architects – Shortlist: Public Architecture
2018 Australian Timber Design Awards – Winner: Timber Windows & Doors


Architecture & Design 27 Sept, 2017
Belle, Architectural News, June/July 2018

Project Team

Sam Crawford, Imogene Tudor, Lachlan Delaney, Ken Warr, Aaron Leeman-Smith, Benjamin Chan, Madeleine Rowe, Chelsea Harper


Rapid Construction

Consultant Team

Accessibility: BCA Logic
Electrical Engineer: Lighting, Art + Science
Geotech: GeoEnviro Consultancy
Heritage: Mayne-Wilson
Hydraulic Engineer: ITM Design
Quantity Surveyor: Estimate 2000
Structural Engineer: Northrop Consulting


Brett Boardman


City of Canada Bay

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