Waterloo Youth Centre


Waterloo Youth Centre

Opened by Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore, and Federal Minister for Health Tania Plibersek in 2012, the refurbishment of the Waterloo Oval Youth Facility is a groundbreaking piece of community architecture.

The former public toilet block overlooking Waterloo Oval and skatepark has been transformed into a high quality contemporary workspace and counselling facility for Weave Youth Family Community, formerly South Sydney Youth Services.

The existing structure is revitalised by new internal planning focused around a central courtyard, and the addition of a landscaped roof garden veiled by a tensile structure supporting native climbing plants.

As the plants mature, the resulting building form will begin to merge sculpturally with its landscape and urban setting.

Whilst being robust, low maintenance and long lasting, the building will have minimal environmental impact, and has maintained elements of the existing structure as part of the new works.

Internally comfort conditions are passively controlled using natural ventilation, exposed thermal mass and a building envelope shaded by the canopy structure and climbing plants. The new courtyard will bring daylight into the depths of the building, minimising reliance on artificial lighting.

The building also incorporates recycled materials including a wooden block floor utilising timber from reclaimed power poles, recycled stone and reclaimed hardwood.

The project is the 2013 winner of the Sir John Sulman award for public architecture, and an AIA award for sustainability, and national awards for public architecture, sustainability and steel architecture.

Structure
Arup
ESD
Team Catalyst
Lighting
Steensen Varming
BCA
Environet Consultancy
QS
Wilde and Woollard
Certifier
Grant Harrington
Landscape
Terragram
Builder
Project Corp
Photographer
Richard Glover, Paul Bradshaw