New South Wales
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.