Glenwood Community Hub

Expanding the 2004-built Glenwood Neighbourhood Centre increased its capacity from a 140 person single-use hall, to a multi-purpose facility with a 250 person hall that accommodates use by up to six separate groups.

With an emphasis on families and youth, Glenwood accommodates health and wellbeing activities with recreational, business, cultural event and learning facilities.

A cohesive new identity was forged with a ribbon-like canopy framing entry lobbies, and weaving together old and new building sections. Landscaping and an art installation by local practitioner, Nerine Martini embeds the building with the local community. 

  • CLIENT

    Blacktown City Council

  • LOCATION

    Glenwood, NSW

  • YEAR

    2015

  • SCALE

    1,850 m²

  • VALUE

    $5.5 million

  • PROJECT LEADERSHIP
    Richard Does
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Much of the existing building was retained and integrated with either altered or new uses, with the Hub being designed for full accessibility, and flexibility to cater for the area’s changing demographics.

The architectural challenge was to resolve issues around acoustics, heat load and outlook courtesy of the original hall’s siting, facing north towards a car park. The solution was a mitigating art garden that funnels cool air into the hall, buffers noise and offers shade. Other climate strategies include the naturally ventilated interior, high performance glazing and solar hot water.

Importantly, the centre was kept operational during reconstruction. The area between old and new buildings became the connecting circulation spine, incorporating a café at the entrance lobby to the new main hall.

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Richard Does

DirectorSydney

Richard Does

DirectorSydney
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Ian Armstrong

DirectorSydney

Ian Armstrong

DirectorSydney
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Richard Stafford

Managing DirectorAdelaide

Richard Stafford

Managing DirectorAdelaide
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Mary Anne McGirr

DirectorSydney

Mary Anne McGirr

DirectorSydney
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Jane Sayers

PrincipalMelbourne

Jane Sayers

PrincipalMelbourne
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Stephen Webb

Design DirectorMelbourne

Stephen Webb

Design DirectorMelbourne
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Ben Luppino

Senior AssociateAdelaide

Ben Luppino

Senior AssociateAdelaide
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Kieran Leong

PrincipalMelbourne

Kieran Leong

PrincipalMelbourne
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Tom Fletcher

AssociateSydney

Tom Fletcher

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Sonya Montgomerie

Senior AssociateAdelaide

Sonya Montgomerie

Senior AssociateAdelaide
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Freya Martin

AssociateAdelaide

Freya Martin

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Ee Ther Wee

AssociateAdelaide

Ee Ther Wee

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Shalini Shah

AssociateAdelaide

Shalini Shah

AssociateAdelaide
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Gavin Dixon

AssociateAdelaide

Gavin Dixon

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Michael Willis

AssociateAdelaide

Michael Willis

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