Noble Park Aquatic Centre
Peter Bennetts Â©Completed
Clinton WynerProject Value
$18 million (AUD)Awards
World Architecture Festival (WAF), Sport Shortlist
Splash Environmental Awards, Commercial Pool Winner
NOBLE PARK 'MORE THAN JUST A POOL'
Noble Park, within the City of Greater Dandenong, is home to the most ethnically diverse community in Melbourne. Engaging the whole community is our clientsâ€...
Noble Park, within the City of Greater Dandenong, is home to the most ethnically diverse community in Melbourne. Engaging the whole community is our clientsâ€™ highest priority. Their vision is for a recreation destination where different cultures can meet, relax and socialise. dwp|suters achieved this objective through careful space planning. The congregational areas are strategically located with optimal adjacencies. The cafe, central foyer, breakout spaces and multipurpose rooms are designed to appeal to a range of user groups, interests and abilities. Cultural sensitivities are thoughtfully catered for. An operable screen installed to the indoor pool, a first in Australia, ensures seclusion for groups whose culture demands privacy when bathing.
This strong design focus on providing spaces for social gathering and interaction, along with creating flexible, enjoyable sports and fitness spaces has become the premise behind the title of the project, â€˜More Than Just a Poolâ€™. The facility has a new outdoor heated 50m pool, indoor program pool, splash pads, aquaplay equipment and a rejuvenated water slide. The outdoor pool and wet play equipment are protected by an expansive tensile PTFE structure that complements the geometry of the main building. The vibrant colour theme inspired by beach towels, umbrellas and beach toys introduces typical Australian Beach and bathing culture. In addition to the aquatic components are outdoor basketball courts, grass volleyball court, picnic BBQ facilities and dry play equipment to foster social and cultural interaction.