A place for community at the edge of the trees
The new community building sits at a key intersection of Pittwater Road, the main road heading to Palm Beach, distinguished by a stand of trees at the edge of a reserve featuring large grass areas and sporting fields. The trees anchor the edge of this reserve and provide a “place” in the midst of a large green area.
The centre has a complex brief, resolved by the siting of different areas in and amongst the trees, avoiding tree removal. Each functional space has a warm interior that is almost domestic in scale. The result is a highly functional and legible community centre that contains a series of destinations for different activities. The exterior is clad in metal sheet, a raincover that brings these multiple elements together as a whole and which is peeled back at key moments to let light into the interior. A foyer unites all elements and works with an outdoor garden to create a series of “third spaces” that are formally unprogrammed but invite occupation in different modes by the large cross section of community that visits and uses the building.