Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre   Sydney, Australia

Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre at Green Square Town Centre establishes a new recreational heart in an emerging urban context, one of the highest density neighbourhoods in Australia. The program includes a combination of five pools (indoor and outdoor), a large health and fitness centre and a park including a sporting field, outdoor gym and recreation areas.

The park and pool landscape is a constructed topography of berms and headlands containing the ground floor programs within a banksia scrub landscape endemic to South Sydney. Floating above is a large span structure conceived as an industrial scale trellis providing light and enclosure for the main pool hall and health and fitness centre. This creates a unified concept for the park and Aquatic centre that foregrounds the site’s history and geography through structure, landscape and material. It is Australia’s first 5 Star Green Star Design and As Built Aquatic facility.

With its landscaped berms, the adjacent park integrates seamlessly into the aquatic centre, providing a broad range of recreational spaces connected by a continuous promenade.

"Gunyama reinvigorates the public pool typology, drawing from the civic and landscape tradition of Sydney’s coastal pools, to celebrate the pleasures of swimming for all. Not simply an aquatic centre but a place where the community congregates and connects".

2021 NSW AIA Awards Jury


2021 Australian Institute of Architects Awards National Awards – National Award for Public Architecture

2021 Australian Institute of Architects Awards (NSW Chapter) – Public Architecture Award

2021 Australian Institute of Architects Awards (NSW Chapter) – The Lord Mayor’s Prize (Joint winner)

Sydney, Australia

Project Type
Sports →

Project Attribution
Andrew Burges Architects and Grimshaw with TCL in collaboration with the City of Sydney

Taylor Thomson Whitting,
Structural Engineer, Technical Director
, Aquatic Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
CJ Arms Civil Engineering
, Civil Consultant
Surface Design,
ESD and Facade Engineer
BCA Logic,
BCA/DDA Consultant
Douglas Partners,
Geotechnical Engineer
Taylor Cullity Lethlean,
Landscape Consultant
EIC Activities,
Structure, Lighting, Acoustics for stage 1-3
Marshall Day,
Acoustics for stages 4-6

City of Sydney

10,300 sq m



Brett Boardman and Peter Bennetts

Associate Architect
Andrew Burges Architects