riding the wave

With its characteristic design, environmental focus and inner-city location, the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre is creating a splash
A view of the Ian thorpe Aquatic centre architecture, building, convention center, fixed link, landmark, structure, tourist attraction, gray, blue
A view of the Ian thorpe Aquatic centre that was comissioned by the City of Sydney to provide recreational oppurtunities to its residents

One of the criticisms levelled at modern living is a lack of emphasis on physical activity. As our waistlines grow, pressure is being brought to bear on government bodies to redress this current trend.

Commissioned by the City of Sydney, the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre has been designed to provide essential recreational opportunities for the local and wider community, says Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP.

"Located in the inner-city suburb of Ultimo, the $40 million Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre features three pools, a spa, steam rooms, a gym, and exercise programmes to provide a variety of activities for all family members."

The population within the Pyrmont/Ultimo area has almost doubled since 1996, and the centre is one of several ongoing projects designed to increase the liveability of the area. The projects all have a focus on environmental sustainability, says Moore.


A view of the Interior of the Ian architecture, ceiling, daylighting, glass, house, interior design, leisure centre, property, real estate, swimming pool, gray
A view of the Interior of the Ian thorpe Aquatic centre constructed by the FRH Group featuring lap pool, fitness centres, arc profiled ceiling/roof

"Following City of Sydney environmental leadership guidelines, the centre includes green initiatives. These include the use of hydraulically operable roof vents for natural ventilation, the harvesting of rainwater for internal amenities such as toilets and sprinkler systems, and sensor-activated lighting to minimise wastage. Skylights have also been installed within the Level 2 change rooms to introduce natural light and further reduce the artificial lighting requirements."

The construction of Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre used approximately 4000m³ of concrete, 160 tonnes of steel, 200,000 tiles and 650m² of single-glazed U-profile glass, which features on the north and south walls of the structure.

Continuing the City of Sydney's focus on community-based ownership, The YMCA of Sydney has been appointed to manage the facility, says Moore.

"The YMCA will deliver a range of health, aquatic and recreation services and programmes including personal training, group fitness, aquatic education, squad training, personal health services and school programmes."

A view of the Interior of the Ian architecture, ceiling, daylighting, glass, house, interior design, leisure centre, property, real estate, swimming pool, gray
A view of the Interior of the Ian thorpe Aquatic centre constructed by the FRH Group featuring lap pool, fitness centres, arc profiled ceiling/roof

The centre is the last public building to be designed by world-renowned architect Harry Seidler.

For details, contact City of Sydney, Town Hall House, 456 Kent St, Sydney, NSW 2000, phone (02) 9265 9333. Email: council@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au, or visit the website: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

Sep 18, 2007
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