Willowdale Sports Pavilion – in progress

Dharawal and Gandangara Country / Denham Court, NSW

The Willowdale Sports Pavilion is located within the newly created suburb of Willowdale, near Leppington, in the rapidly densifying area south of the proposed Western Sydney international airport at Badgerys Creek.

A key element of the brief for the new building – prepared by developers Stockland in consultation with Campbelltown Council and the residents of Willowdale – is to provide a community hub for residents; as well as the requisite clubroom, kiosk, change rooms, and public amenities required to service a sports precinct. The building must create a visual and physical focus for community activity in an otherwise residential suburb.

The pavilion is sited to be visually prominent, and conveniently located to the main sports field, an all-abilities accessible playground, and the secondary training field. The plan of the building bends to best accommodate these surrounding uses and main public entry and drop-off zone.

A low-pitched and undulating corrugated steel roof evokes the traditional roofs of early farm buildings and provides much needed shade and wet weather protection for multiple indoor and outdoor activities. Circular skylights in the roof and perforations to the street facade will form a ‘beacon’, or welcoming lantern effect, when lit from within at night.

Working in collaboration with artists Lymesmith, the walls of the pavilion will be of various coloured bricks – referencing the newly-built suburban homes surrounding the site as well as the nearby remains of ancient clay ovens used by the local Aboriginal people for generations to make clay balls for slow cooking and for exchange with surrounding clans. Archaeological evidence suggests that the area has been inhabited by Australia’s first peoples for the past 10,000 years or more, and forms part of traditional lands of the Dharawal and Gandangara Aboriginal clans.


Project Team

Sam Crawford, Gabrielle Pelletier, Ken Warr, Benjamin Chan, Caitlin Condon

Consultant Team

Accessibility: Morris Golding Access Consulting
BCA Consultant: GRS Building Reports
Civil Engineer: Lindsay Dynan Consulting Engineers
Ecology Consultant: Eco Logical Australia
Hydraulic/Fire/Electrical Engineer: Northrop Consulting Engineers
Irrigation Consultant: Hydroplan
Landscape Architect: ASPECT Studios
PCA: Hackett Certification
Quantity Surveyor: MBM
Structural Engineer: Cantilever Engineers


Stockland and Campbelltown City Council