The Gympie Aquatic Recreation Centre is a careful assembly of public buildings and water spaces that aim to satisfy the destination requirements of the client brief, whilst addressing the complexities of the site and its location in suburban regional Queensland. 



Client: Gympie Regional Council
Budget: $22M
Stages: 3
Date: Completed April 2017

  • Shortlisted - Public Architecture & Sustainable Architecture
    Queensland Architecture Awards 2018
  • Finalist - Horbury Hunt Commercial Award
    Think Brick Awards 2017
  • Winner - Sunshine Coast Tourism and Leisure
    Queensland Master Builders Awards 2017


  • Master Planning (including staging management)
  • Community and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Detailed Design and Documentation (for tender + construction)
  • Programming of Works
  • Tendering
  • Contract Administration

The entry to the centre is articulated by the sweeping forms of the main amenities buildings which feature a highly detailed and layered brick façade, creating a dramatic backdrop to the large public forecourt.  Water spaces include a 50m outdoor pool, children’s leisure pool, waterslides and an indoor 25m program pool.  The indoor pool hall features acrylic ceiling tubes providing a striking sculptural element whilst allowing diffused natural light to flood into the space.  Other ancillary facilities include amenities buildings, landscaped courtyard with viewing deck, terraced grandstand seating and a 120m long external shade structure equipped with solar panels. 

The design of the aquatic facilities provided at the Gympie ARC seeks to enhance the experience of the user whilst offering the local community a functional, innovative and sustainable destination.