Real good sports: Barry Curtis Park Pavilion
Isthmus’s involvement at Barry Curtis Park dates back to the original masterplan in the early 2000s. The park was planned as a hard-working piece of suburban and green infrastructure that is comprised of ‘nests’ of smaller parks, each with varied functions. At the southern end, sports fields integrate with sculpted landforms and waterways, and connect to recreation trails and the John Walker Promenade which circumnavigates the perimeter. It is here that the new pavilion is located, a cheerful orange beacon hovering within a steel frame over the southern terminus of the formal axis.
The new building leverages off the established park landscape and neighbourhood connections to envelop a public space that goes beyond the requirements of sports teams to meet the wider recreational needs of the growing community. The resulting space is open-source and adaptable –plug and play rather than predetermined in use. Instead of a fixed cafe, the plaza has been designed to host multiple food trucks or simply host a sausage sizzle or coffee cart.
Read the full story of the project at: http://isthmus.co.nz/project/barry-curtis-pavillion/