Carter Williamson Architects

Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre

Darug Country, 2019

A civic building to galvanise a culturally diverse community in Western Sydney.

This multi-purpose community centre reflects the client, Blacktown City Council’s, ambition for an inclusive and iconic centre where life-along learning, health and well-being, recreation and culture can be shared.

The structure is expressed in brick, concrete, timber and steel, crafted in various ways to be warm, textural and robust. Inside, the Centre works at different scales for the various groups using it, often simultaneously.

Three core sections are gathered up under the signature serpentine roof, whose rise and fall reflects the different volumes of interior space: offices, an internal courtyard, community room, and main hall for 200 (with commercial kitchen), plus the tall central foyer and through-site link connecting them.

Beyond core purpose, the Centre offers big gestures to its small community. Essential storage, plant and amenities are housed behind a concrete baffle, reducing noise for residential neighbours. This aligns to a covered veranda connecting street to lake, and the broad lake-front terrace. By night, the roofline is expressed by the warm white glow of its opalescent polycarbonate apron, tracing the squiggly line.

Architect: Carter Williamson Architects

Design Team:
Shaun Carter
Lisa Merkesteyn
Ben Peake
Julie Niass
Tai Danh Lien

Builder: Westbury Constructions

Landscape: Melissa Wilson Landscape Architect
Structural Engineer: Cantilever Consulting Engineers
Civil Eng: WGE
Electrical Eng: WGE
Mechanical Engineer: Arim Consulting
Hydraulic Eng: Scott Collis
NCC: Credwell Consulting
Traffic: TTPP
Photos: Brett Boardman, The Guthrie Project