Leveraging architecture to rebuild community spirit.
How can architecture capture the spirit of a community?
The Bellbowrie Pool symbolises the resilience of a community, seeking to rebuild following the destruction of public pool facilities during Brisbane’s 2011 flood event. The new complex responds with civic ambition, redefining the purpose of the community facility and reinstating its place and importance in the wider Brisbane context. A striking, sculptural roof-form shelters and unifies discrete pavilions arranged around a central garden. Masonry walls protect the building visually and physically, ensuring the robust building skin remains flood-proof for generations to come.
How does Bellbowrie Pool use bricks in an innovative way?
Bellbowrie Pool evolves our continuing interest in brickwork to express the decorative and monumental power of architecture. Masonry facades engage standard range bricks, adapting them to describe the civic nature of the building in a contemporary context. Bellbowrie means ‘place of the flowering gum’ and this floral emblem is inscribed on the façade. Brick units are used as graphic pixels and brick panels employed as sculptural elements, to express the vibrant graphic which allows the identity of the suburb to be embedded in the built fabric.
2015 AIA Public Architecture State Commendation
2015 AIA Art & Architecture Regional Commendation
2015 AIA Public Architecture Regional Commendation
2013 Think Brick Award in Horbury Hunt