Lomatia Park Clubhouse
Blue Mountains City Council
Jesse Mowbray, Christopher Roehrig, Jessica Freeman, Nicole Manley, Samantha Sun, Christina Sun
Nimbus Architecture and Heritage have begun work on the concept design of the Lomatia Park Clubhouse, a community sporting facility to be placed within the park and amongst the wider Blue Mountains bushland setting. The design builds off the previous concepts produced by Francis Zammit (2014) and RAW Architects (2016) to provide various amenities (accessible, male, female), a kiosk, lockable storage facilities, meeting spaces and passive surveillance for public users. The building will meet recreational needs and disability access requirements whilst also providing the local community and stakeholders with a space designed for the specific end-user groups. The Clubhouse acknowledges the traditional Darug people, and responds to the heritage context of Lomatia Park and the bushland setting through careful design. The three separate forms are linked with a shared roof plane and central breezeways. Combined with transparency to the upper section of the walls, view corridors between the historically significant cricket grounds, the bushland and the adjacent Birdwood Gully are established. The Lomatia myricoides and Lomatia silaifolia plantings remain a prominent feature of the park without reducing connections to the park’s long associations with cricket. Our design implements an environmentally sustainable approach: flexible spaces, the use of durable materials, natural daylight and ventilation, low energy and efficient fittings, and resource harvesting (rainwater and potentially solar) are all implemented. The project is currently in the Development Application documentation stage.