Encouraging Curiosity and Connection to Nature: Spring Farm Community Centre
Forging a new community in Sydney’s South-West, Spring Farm has grown exponentially in recent times, with the population quadrupling between 2011 and 2016. With an influx of families moving into the Macarthur region a community centre becomes a central space in which to encourage and support a growing community’s identity.
SFCC is designed to actively intrigue passers by to engage with the space. The large façade that flanks the community centre is punctured by a large screened window to show glimpses of the movement and activity happening within the Hall space to passers-by. The timber panelling intrigues people visiting the adjacent shopping facilities and allows onlookers a moment of pause and curiosity to engage with the new building. Additionally, the roof form is articulated to provide maximum visual impact on Richardson Road and Brookner Road to increase SFCC’s attraction from the road and to foot traffic.
The new community centre seamlessly integrates the adjacent public park with the entry to SFCC, increasing the active space and extending the opportunity for community interaction. By maximising the site and thinking beyond traditional site restrictions, NBRS has blurred the lines of public and outdoor space and encouraging the community’s uninterrupted access to both.