A popular cafe was severely damaged by ﬁre in 2016. From the shell, a new restaurant has burst into being within the same footprint – salvaging and reusing the remaining fabric.
▼项目概览，overview of the project © Brett Boardman
Parramatta Park Pavilion by Sam Crawford Architects includes a restaurant and public amenities and connects with the river and its extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage-listed landscape setting.
▼项目鸟瞰，bird eye view © Brett Boardman
▼项目街景，view from the street to the project © Brett Boardman
Sam Crawford explains: “The key design driver was to maintain the footprint of the former cafe building so as to avoid disturbance of signiﬁcant Indigenous and early European artefacts. Reuse was also critical – the slab, walls, bricks, many steel windows and doors and some roof trusses were all recycled. It was a gymnastics exercise – we couldn’t dig anything, the utilities had to remain in the same location, and of course we needed to meet the 21st century building code. And be future proof to adapt for changing uses.”
▼项目外观，exterior view © Brett Boardman
“We wanted to respect the layers of history of the site – the park setting has a rich period of occupation by the Burramatta clan of the Darug people and ongoing connection for the Indigenous community. It is one of eleven sites that form the ‘Australian Convict Sites’ World Heritage listing, and contains the oldest remaining public building and oldest remaining workers cottage in Australia,” added Crawford.
▼融入历史公园的建筑，the pavilion sits in harmony in its historic park setting © Brett Boardman
It also sits on the site of former dressing sheds (also destroyed by ﬁre) for river bathers dating from circa 1912, when the prohibition of public bathing was lifted. It overlooks ‘Little Coogee’, a former swimming and picnicking spot on the Parramatta River banks. And connects to cycleways and walkways in the park.
▼与自行车道和人行道相连通，the pavilion connects to cycleways and walkways © Brett Boardman
Open and welcoming, the building has large steel-framed windows and doors and lofty pitched ceilings, which provide natural light and clear views of the park and river and the burgeoning city of Parramatta in the distance. The long metal roof produces a striking form with light-weight and transparent materials to increase connection between the inside and outside spaces. The translucent roof at the south-western end is cantilevered out to create an additional outside covered eating area, increasing dining capacity and giving shade from the afternoon sun.
▼坡屋顶，pitched ceilings © Brett Boardman
▼有顶棚的室外餐饮区，outdoor covered eating area © Brett Boardman
▼大面积的钢架门窗，large steel-framed windows and doors © Brett Boardman
A strong entry portal is a marker in the landscape, providing a visual link through the building to the river, and mediating between two gable roof geometries. The oversized threshold welcomes, gathers and directs patrons and frames the view of a large ﬁg tree and the river beyond.
▼作为景观标识的入口，a strong entry portal as a marker in the landscape © Brett Boardman
▼入口内景，interior view of the entrance © Brett Boardman
小馆内可容纳300人的Misc.餐馆因为疫情延迟到近期正式开门营业，其内部装修由Nic Graham & Associates设计工作室完成。
The pavilion now houses a 300 seat restaurant Misc. recently opened after covid delays, with an interior ﬁtout by design studio Nic Graham & Associates.
▼餐馆概览，overview of the restaurant © Brett Boardman
▼餐馆内景，interior view of the restaurant © Brett Boardman
▼窗边视角，view by the window © Parker Blain
▼平面图，plan © Sam Crawford Architects
Client: Parramatta Park & Western Sydney Parklands Trusts
Status: Built 2022
Project Team: Sam Crawford, Louisa Gee, Ken Warr, Allen Huang, Caitlin Condon
Builder: Grindley Interiors
Structural Engineer: Partridge
Hydraulic Engineer: InLine Hydraulic Services
Mechanical Engineer: Evolved Engineering
Electrical Engineer: Lighting, Art + Science
Landscape: McGregor Coxall
Section J Consultant: BCA Energy
Quantity Surveyor: Z & L Consulting
PCA Anthony: Protas Consulting
Interior Designer: Nic Graham & Associates
Photographer: Brett Boardman; Parker Blain