Marsden Park Amenities Block
Designed by CHROFI, the Marsden Park Amenities block is both playful and sculptural. It consists of two distinct, curve-walled concrete structures that hose a kiosk, toilets and change rooms, protected by a ‘floating’ canopy roof of polycarbonate and fibreglass.
The team at CHROFI worked closely with landscape architects JMD to integrate the amenities block into its surrounding public playing fields, the overarching driver being to create something of which the community could be rightly proud.
The wave-like in situ concrete walls were constructed using computer-cut, semi-circular foam formwork, with an internal liner used to impart corrugations into the concrete surface. Because of the radius of each curve was the same across the design, the forms and liners could be reused – minimising the number of panels required in total.
The walls themselves are punctuated by curved, sliding aluminium gates at the entries to the toilet and other internal spaces.
For the internal wall facades, conventional plywood formwork was used to deliver a flat surface, albeit with the form lines and bolt holes exposed.
CHROFI’s Eoin Healy said the inherent plasticity of concrete made it the ideal construction medium for the curving, flowing walls.