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Location: Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush, NSW
Date Completed: 2009
Awards: 2010 NSW Architecture Award for Small Projects

This project is located across Australia Boulevarde from Jacaranda Place and Homebush station adjacent to the P6 parking lot. The brief was to continue the architectural interest and quality that has been established at Sydney Olympic Park in many of its major and minor scaled buildings. Yet with changing economic conditions this needed to be achieved at a fraction of the cost of similiar buildings at Sydney Olympic Park.

TCA approached this project in a novel way by conducting a week long in-house ideas competition for the small building before presenting the various schemes to the client. From these schemes and through a process of consultation with the client a scheme was developed that best met the aspirations of the client and their available budget.

The building itself is a simple form that harnesses its architectural drama by means of a ten metre cantilevered roof form that stretches from the small ticket office. The cantilever provides practically for the congregation of people using the carpark whilst cueing for tickets or simply waiting to meet each other. A screen and seat element obscure the activities below the cantilever from the passing road users and provide identification from a distance.

The materials of the building are drawn from car culture using the bright colouring often related to performance cars and car inspired detailing such as the chromed exhaust like overflow pipes at the rear of the building.

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