Parramatta Park Pavilion | Sam Crawford Architects

Parramatta Park Pavilion | Sam Crawford Architects | Photographer: Brett Boardman

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Parramatta Park Pavilion | Sam Crawford Architects

Traditional Land Owners
The Burramattagal people, a clan of the Dharug

New South Wales

Commercial Architecture
Sustainable Architecture
Grindley Interiors
Brett Boardman
Sam Crawford
Project summary

Within the rich traditional hunting and fishing grounds of the Burramattagal, the site of the pavilion is just above a once popular swimming spot on the banks of the Parramatta River.

In 2010 Parramatta Park was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Register. In 2016, the café that occupied the site was largely destroyed by fire. By necessity, the design for the new pavilion grew from what remained of the old café building.

The client’s brief, informed by the potential for any disturbance of significant Aboriginal artifacts, required that we retain and reuse what remained of the building and make no further excavations or site disturbance including provision for any new services or footings.

The challenge set by the Park Trust was to provide a facility meeting 21st century code requirements for new accessible public amenities and a shell for future restaurant/ event space fit-out without digging into the ground.

New South Wales Architecture Awards Accolades
Shortlist – Commercial Architecture
Shortlist – Sustainable Architecture
New South Wales Jury Presentation

The design uplifted the building through the integration of an existing section and the newly built portion. An atrium allowed the two sections of the building to harmoniously adjoin.

The contemporary design allowed the structure to nestle within its surroundings. Even with the heritage challenges, the astute design presented a structure that is both aesthetically appealing as well as functional.

As a result, the design allowed the building operator to maximise the functionality and flow of the building, to utilise both portions providing a restaurant space as well as a casual dining and café space for the public.

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