CGGS aquatic pavilion

  • Type
  • Education
  • Client
  • Canberra Girls Grammar School
  • Location
  • Yarralumla, ACT
  • Project Details
  • Stewart Architecture was invited by Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS) to participate in a design competition for a new Multipurpose Water Sports Facility on Yarralumla Bay. The brief was to create a building that would accommodate CGGS aquatic storage, flexible multipurpose CGGS educational space and a cafe/restaurant. Stewart Architecture was successful and the project is currently now completed.

    The design approach responds to the need for a flexible two level building by suggesting a very practical modular structure capable of a high degree of flexibility and usage as required by CGGS both now and in the future. The three distinct usages (aquatic storage, educational facility and cafe) are carefully articulated to ensure simultaneous independent function at all times, with operable overlap when necessary.

    A robust building structure informs the grounding Lower Ground Floor. This entire space is allocated for the CGGS aquatic facility, including workshop, storage and changerooms. The Lower Ground Level has direct access to Yarralumla Bay, with space efficient storage solutions for the current CGGS equipment, and room for expansion.

    The Upper Ground Floor is a light weight structure containing the CGGS educational facility and the cafe, both with direct address to Yarralumla Bay and on grade access from the existing carpark adjacent. The multipurpose learning spaces enjoy unobstructed flexibility, achieved through operable walls and generous floor plates. This flexibility allows for the accommodation of a range of purposed, including educational workshops, lectures and conferences.

    This facility is designed for use by both the school and the public. The outcome is a highly flexible facility that utilises this prime lakefront site.