Centennial Park

Centennial Park

In the centre of one of Sydney’s most beloved public spaces, the Wild Play Discovery Centre will provide a focus for educational activities within Centennial Park.

Developed in collaboration with Landscape Architects Gallagher Studio, the project is modelled on the growing international movement of forest schooling and nature based learning.

Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees, and offers a specialised learning approach that sits within and complements the curriculum for primary school learning in NSW.

The proposed Discovery Centre will be located adjacent to the recently completed Ian Potter Wild Play Garden, centrally within Centennial Park and in close proximity to the network of ponds and planned new ponds walk. The building itself comprises a program of flexible multi-functional education spaces, along with staff and volunteer workspaces, storage, amenities for visitors and campers and a new cafe and re-heat kitchen.

The building is conceived as a free form organic plan interwoven into the forest clearing setting, with individual functions contained within a series of pods arranged around a central landscaped gathering space. 

The individual elements of the program are unified by an inter-linking roof canopy providing shade and inclement weather protection.

Materials used for the construction are natural, hand-made and self-finished, in keeping with the mature landscape context and guiding ESD objectives of the project.

The Botanic Gardens and Centennnial Parklands
Gallagher Studios
Project Manager
Root Partnership
SDA Structures
Mech, Elec, ESD
Steensen Varming
Warren Smith and Partners
Complete Urban
Milestone Planning
Altus Group