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The Brickpit Ring
by Durbach Block Architects



The brick pit is the last tangible evidence of a vast working industry at Homebush Bay. It is archetypal and primitive, raw, stripped and modified. The brick pit is first a place of extraordinary human endeavour, arrested. It is a portrait of land disturbance through use. Equally it is a place of adaptation. An unviable industry is now replaced by sustainable technologies and becomes a refuge for the rare and endangered Green and Golden Bell Frog. An aerial walkway and outdoor exhibition, twenty metres above the brick pit floor, the Ring Walk creates a genuine urban connection and presence within Sydney Olympic Park. The pure form and consistent level of the ring registers the shifting sides and depth of the brick pit. The

Ring Walk allows for both the ten minute walk and a longer layered experience, through widened and shaded sections of the platform. The outside edge of the ring is a brightly colooured, variegated screen: exhibition, mesh and glass viewing panels. The graded, colour wheel alternatley highlights and contratsts with the landscape. Interlaced with interpretive devices, the ring provides visitors with perspectives into the history of the brick pit and its use as a wildlife refuge, for water recycling and revegetation. The ring has two points of connection to the parklands: one to Australia Avenue and the Town Centre the other to Marjorie Jackson Drive and the extensive parklands beyond.

Sydney Olympic Park, NSW
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.Project Team
Project architect: Durbach Block Architects
Design architect: Durbach Block Architects
Project manager: Mr Scott Williams, Complete Urban Solutions
Structural consultant: Mr Tristram Carfrae, Arup
Structural consultant: Mr Barry Young, Taylor Thompson & Whiting
Landscape consultant: Ms Sue Barnsley, Sue Barnsely Design
Builder: Mr Bob Matchett, GMW Urban
Interpretation Soundscape: Mr Gary Warner, CDP Media
Interpretation Soundscape: Mr Peter Emmett, CDP Media
Graphic Design: Eskimo
Colour Consultant: Ms Virginia Carroll, Carroll and Carroll Architects
Photographer: Kraig Carlstrom
Photographer: Brett Boardman
Photographer: Bob Peters
Other Team Members : Neil Durbach, Camilla Block, David jaggers, Joseph Grech, Lisa Le Van

Photographs by Bob Peters, Brett Boardman & Kraig Carlstrom, text by Durbach Block Architects

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