AWARD: Prince Alfred Park and Pool Project Team: Neeson Murcutt Architects, Sue Barnsley Design, City of Sydney
Citiation: The importance of green space in densely developed inner urban areas is well accepted, but its design must be carefully related to the needs of its users. The ambition of this project by Neeson MurcuttArchitects, Sue Barnsley Design, and the City of Sydney was to reinvigorate the 7.5 hectare park and upgrade the tired public pool by creatively integrating the built form and the landscape.
Based on established powerful geometries, three defined zones provide an urban framework within which the project is understood. Originally laid out for large exhibitions in an English style landscape, the park now provides many different elements, from fitness and leisure equipment to children’s play areas, with a new spatial and ecological sensibility that is contemporary without erasing its Victorian roots.
To maintain the park feeling amidst the structures, the design has used a folded landscape with a green roof of native meadow grasses that conceals the presence of busy traffic on Chalmers Street, and there is provision for a tri-generation plant to achieve energy sustainability. Prince Alfred Park has become a popular year round destination for a diverse community and a benchmark in social sustainability.