Design Competition, Sydney, Australia

Urban Lido seeks to capitalise on the unique characteristics of the Green Square Zetland Site, a highly active area with diverse programmatic conditions. The project will extend the current urban park network providing a unique elevated urban public park which has a range of aquatic and recreational facilities embedded within its structure. The park will service the local community, residents, and workers plus the broader community of Sydney. The urban park will connect the heritage hospital precinct and existing and future contemporary development acting as a connective fabric and landmark to the local area contributing to its identity as an inner city suburb of Sydney. 

Urban Lido consists of key interconnected urban elements path networks, retail and recreational precincts, car parking, water filtration and collection system and ecological corridor offering an integrated environmental and urban platform.

The urban park is a network of programmatic zones, environmental and infrastructural systems that are interconnected functionally but also profiles spatially the operational aspects of these systems in the urban park. The strategic planting and lighting network acts as a navigational system through the park as well as facilitating a spatial connection to the exterior context of the park. It offers a range of intimate scales and unique vantage points to the interior opens spaces of the park and connecting the larger amenities of the outdoor pool and sports field. Small scale retail tenancies are located in the underside of the platform in the south east corner of the site offering additional amenities to the local community, and economic benefit.
The urban lido platform choreographs its ground through the focus of water, its play, filtration, distribution and capture enhancing sustainability and water events across the site. 

The project aims to be distinct in its features celebrating aquatic activities and features of its context but localised in its functions, encouraging an integrated urban development and long term urban facility.