A Respectful and Thoughtful Incision
Adding a 500 seat grandstand to a leafy, environmentally sensitive war memorial sports oval at Barker college, Sydney, has resulted in a delicate incision by the NBRSARCHITECTURE team.
The college not only needed improved sports facilities but also protected space for outdoor learning and socialising. The design solution created 3 small canopy pods seating about 30 each and one larger canopy with tiered seating with 500 capacity. The canopies are exciting, contemporary, cantilevered steel structures arranged for maximum viewing and weather protection. The larger canopy gently terraces from a higher landscaped space down to the main oval level. The view lines and the connectedness with the oval maximises spectator engagement. The shape of the canopies and the arrangement of pods allows the sensitive incisions among an enhanced landscape setting maximising seating capacity through minimal impact.
“The new seating sits respectfully in the landscape. The roof height achieves the right outcome whilst allowing the sight lines from the North and the West to be enhanced and not diminished. This is a result of very clever design and a profound respect for the site.” Phillip Heath, Head of Barker College
Such a facility reflects new directions in learning spaces where structures can be employed for multi-use. As education specialists, NBRS see the value in providing protected outdoor space as a multi layered solution. Our architects and landscape architects have created a sensitive grouping of pods for spectators, socialising and outdoor learning.