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Turruwul Park Fitness Hub


Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture


Cooper Construction Services


Bowral Bricks

Products Used:

Gertrudis Brown

Building Contractor:

Cooper Construction Services

Photography Credits:

Simon Wood

Turruwul Park Fitness Hub is the first of a network of outdoor fitness facilities to be implemented across the City of Sydney local government area. The hub is located with existing half-courts and a hit-up wall, in the shade of trees at Turruwul Park. Central to the design was the creation of spatial and material continuity with the greater park.

Brick was chosen to add a finer grain to an area with an intimate scale within a broad, fairly homogenous park setting. The handmade quality of the brick complements the clean lines of the in situ concrete forms.

Brick is used to both connect the new hub to the existing internal park finishes and to give the hub a distinct character. The palette of brick, concrete and softfall defines movement and contains the exercise activity areas. The colours of rich browns and vibrant greens, inspired by the existing fig tree, are repeated across the paved surfaces, seating and custom exercise equipment.

This project uses brick in a number of ways: to create a unique swale that bisects the exercise areas, for step-up and seating walls with scattered green glazed bricks, and on detailed edging to the exercise areas.

"Brick has been used to successfully tie the different elements of the fitness hub together and to comfortably ground the hub in its wider park setting."
- Jury 2017 -