Canvas in partnership with Mirvac & the City of Whittlesea have delivered a community sports pavilion for the fledgling community of Donnybrook. The design for this Community sports pavilion reflects the needs of this community and representative sporting clubs of Donnybrook & the surrounding precinct. The design response considers the capacity for the facility to play a key role in further establishing Donnybrook as a destination while providing for multi-purpose flexible spaces that support the physical sporting and passive recreation needs and interests of a growing community.
The pavilion is expected to host community programs and/or or events for Olivine residents and the surrounding community including council run programmes and events. This facility aspires to echo the spirit of the surrounding estate, providing a setting that future residents and greater community can occupy, embrace and make it their own.
Canvas approach to the built form on this formerly agricultural land is to embrace regional authenticity of this region and as the basis for the narrative and context of this place. The elongated planning arrangement of this facility extends north south flanking the grove of mature red gums that seperate the east and west ovals. The building expression is defined by the dynamic roof form that ribbons the edge of the red gum grove as it moves down the site. The building base separates itself beneath this roof, into a change room wing to the south and a community wing to the north. Both wings are modelled with rounded edges permitting a flow of movement around the facility and encouraging lines of passive surveillance between the east and west ovals.
The roof form is elevated as a singular ribbon skirting the canopy of this facility articulating that play of moving daylight through its delicate scalloped metal cladding. The lower-level brick skin also presents as a ribbon skirting the building footprint, giving way on occasion to allow views in and out. The texture of the brick work references both the knitted texture of cricket jumpers and the banding of footy scarfs that represent the primary sports played at this facility.