Urana Aquatic Leisure Centre

Urana Aquatic Leisure Centre

Architect
Regional Design Service
Location
Urana NSW, Australia | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Community Centres
Nicholas Aylward & Georgie James

Urana Aquatic Leisure Centre

Regional Design Service as Architects

In 2017, a group of community members walked into our studio with an idea to build a new community facility in their town of 350 locals. Initially we undertook a sketch design to determine the size of the project they wanted and a cost estimate equating to around $1m, $500,000 more than what they thought. They set out applying for grants to fund the project and six months later they returned with over $800,000 of funding and engaged us to design the asset with gym, meeting room, catering kitchen, amenities and function room for up to 100 people.

photo_credit Nicholas Aylward & Georgie James
Nicholas Aylward & Georgie James

Unique in design, the building features three hipped roof forms that grow in height toward the lake’s edge - almost like a hipped roof mini ‘Sydney Opera House’ in rural New South Wales.

photo_credit Nicholas Aylward & Georgie James
Nicholas Aylward & Georgie James

Our inspiration for the roof came from expansive farmhouses seen from a distance on rural roads throughout the Urana region and largely designed by notable Corowa Architect A.C. Macknight.

photo_credit Nicholas Aylward & Georgie James
Nicholas Aylward & Georgie James

Within the building are three large community spaces that each have their own unique vaulted ceilings. The function room features a cylindrical void that meets the raked ceiling of the roof over and panoramic views to the lake and landscape.

photo_credit Nicholas Aylward & Georgie James
Nicholas Aylward & Georgie James

Our involvement directly with the community ensured that we could include them on the journey of delivering a large public asset - from concept sketch to construction. We are passionate about building regional social capital to delivering meaningful public projects - educating and informing the community about everything it takes to bring something out of the ground. This project has captured the communities hearts and their complete sense of ownership of the project has led to them applying to become the operators of the building.

photo_credit Nicholas Aylward & Georgie James
Nicholas Aylward & Georgie James
photo_credit Nicholas Aylward & Georgie James
Nicholas Aylward & Georgie James
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