The Gold Coast Aquatic Centre is a recycling and expansion of the original 1960s Southport Pool sited in the Gold Coasts Broadwater Parklands. The redevelopment creates the venue for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and held the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in 2014.
The design concept is that of a series of pools sunk into earth berms as distinct from the conventional pool shed. This concept amplifies visual relationship with the Parklands and the Broadwater, and enhances the Aquatic Centres more significant role as the Gold Coasts community pool post-Games. The pools are framed and interconnected by colonnades on the concept of a Roman impluvium, accentuated particular vistas and imparting legibility. The clarity of this ethos is expressed by a predominance of two materials, concrete and hardwood, employing their raw patina to also accentuate spatial experience.
The project encompasses the existing pool expanded to Olympic size, an 8 lane training pool, program pool, diving pool and children’s play pool. In addition are a gymnasium, dry dive facility, community meeting rooms, functions venue, and 1,000 seats readily expandable to 10,000 for major events, contracting easily after. A further flexibility facilitates marathon and triathlon event viewing on the Broadwater side.
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State Award for Public Architecture, AIA QLD 2015