Carter Williamson Architects

Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre

Darug Country, 2019


Winner – 2020 Fielders Made Design Awards, Roofing and Walling
Gold – 2020 Sydney Design Award, Public and Institutional
Gold – 2020 Good Design Award, Commercial and Residential
Shortlist – 2020 NSW/ACT Steel Excellence Awards, Small Projects
Shortlist – 2020 Sustainability Awards, Urban and Landscape
Shortlist – 2020 UDIA NSW Awards for Excellence, Social & Community Infrastructure
Shortlist – 2020 IDEA Awards, Public Space
Shortlist – 2020 Urban Developer Awards, Development Of The Year, Social Infrastructure
Shortlist – 2020 Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter, Public Architecture
Shortlist – 2020 Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter, Interior Architecture
Shortlist – 2020 Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter, Colourbond Award for Steel Architecture
Silver – 2020 GOV Design Awards, Architecture, Community and Civic
Shortlist – 2020 INDE. Awards, The Social Space
Shortlist – 2020 Australian Interior Design Awards, Public
Winner – 2019 IPWEA (NSW) Engineering Excellence Award for Multi-Disciplinary Project Management


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

Photographers: Brett Boardman, The Guthrie Project


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


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