Punch Park Amenities

A small public building in the Sydney Harbourside suburb of Balmain designed to serve a diverse community of users, from playground parents and dog-walkers in the local park to tennis players from the adjacent courts. Public amenities must be secure and safe to use, easily maintained, and built for longevity. Ideally, they also add to the public domain quality.


Client Inner West Council
Location Balmain, NSW - Traditional Custodians: Wann Peoples
Completion 2019

Our Team

Shaun Carter
Stephanie Chiu


Engineering Cardno
Landscape Architecture Melissa Wilson Landscape Architects
Photography Brett Boardman


National Architecture Awards, Small Projects Shortlist
NSW Architecture Awards, Small Projects Commendation

A small form of complex geometry with familiar domestic elements and moments of surprise.


Designed to mediate between the park and adjacent tennis courts, the amenities offer a simple form under a skillion roof using familiar domestic elements: a corrugated steel water tank and a vintage concrete twin laundry tub, recycled as a handbasin. The white weatherboard exterior nods to the worker’s cottages of Balmain, while the skylit pale pink interior is a delightful surprise. The amenities are open to all by day, with steel gates along three sides sliding closed to secure the building by night. Rainwater harvested from the amenities and tennis shelters is used for toilet flushing and landscape irrigation.

Pattern plays of sliding steel screens on weatherboard walls make the simple structure enigmatic.

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