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Headland Park Amenities, Lower Georges heights, Mosman
by Rick Leplastrier and the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

            

IN THE ARCHITECTS WORDS

Headland Park Amenities, Lower Georges Heights, Mosman Conceptual Framework Situated quietly amongst the recycled army huts (now artistsí studios) along the Middle Head Spur Line is this small rest area. It houses toilets and bathing facilities gathered about a garden with a rapidly growing Paper Bark (Melaleuca leucadendra) as its heart. The Plan Form is a perfect square (9m x 9m) with the four corners occupied by the facilities, and the remnant cruciform area being garden and public space. It is an exercise in openness, privacy, light and fresh air. The hardwood structure is prefabricated in the joinery shop, assembled on site and is completely dismantle-able and therefore recyclable. This framework is raised 100mm above the concrete floor plane on stainless steel pins allowing for easy hose cleaning that drains straight into the surrounding gardens. No nasty corners. When the paper bark is fully grown it will crown the whole place with a delicate moving light. Public and Cultural Benefits The Headland Park Amenities are located within the newly established Headland Park, Lower Georges Heights, Mosman. The overall park project incorporated the construction of the public amenities as well the conservation of historic defence buildings as artist studios, the creation of open public space, and a network of harbourside walking tracks.
 
 

Relationship of Built form to Context The scale, form, and materials of the amenities reflect the existing simple hutted barrack buildings within the park, and allows the building to sit comfortably within the grouping. Also its pavilion design, courtyard, and seating alcoves within create a place of social interaction. Response to Client, User needs and Program Resolution Besides fulfilling a utilitarian role within the Headland Park the amenities provides a popular, and delightful experience where people can sit, and relax within the internal courtyard, and seating alcoves. Integration of Allied Disciplines The building is designed by Richard Leplastrier, and was detailed & supervised by a specialist team that included; John Simpson(Production Drawings & Supervision), Craig Burton, (Landscape Architect), Craig Watson(Trust Project Manager), and Coleman & Fairburn(Joiners and Builders). Cost/Value Outcome The main component of the project; joinery & construction was under one contractor, and was rigorously detailed to maintain a high quality finish. Required specialist trades such as the stainless steel, and the roofing work were procured under separate work packages in order to ensure cost effectiveness. Sustainability The building has been designed, and constructed as a fully dismountable structure that can be readily be relocated.
 
DETAILS

Location
Mosman, NSW
Architect
Rick Leplastrier and the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust
02 8969 2104
Project Team
Project architect: Theodora Bowering , Richard Leplastrier
Project architect: Lachlan Delaney , Trust
Project architect: Theodora Bowering , Richard Leplastrier
Project architect: Lachlan Delaney , Trust
Design architect: Richard Leplastrier
Design architect: Richard Leplastrier
Project manager: Craig Watson , Trust
Project manager: Craig Watson , Trust
Project manager: John Simpson
Structural consultant: Max Irvine
Landscape consultant: Craig Burton
Builder: Coleman & Fairburn
Draftsperson: Fiona Haslam , Trust
Draftsperson: Fiona Haslam , Trust
Stainless Steel: George Coote
Photographer: Ashley Mackevicius
Photographer: Ashley Mackevicius
Photographer: Ashley Mackevicius
Photographer: Ashley Mackevicius
Photographer: Ashley Mackevicius
Entered
2008


Photographs by Ashley Mackevicius, Ashley Mackevicius, Ashley Mackevicius, Ashley Mackevicius & Ashley Mackevicius, text by Rick Leplastrier and the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

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