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    Sydenham Green Amenities by Sam Crawford Architects sets benchmark for public toilet designs

    NSW

    In 1994, 152 homes covering 4.5 hectares of land in Sydney’s inner west were acquired and demolished by the Commonwealth Government. In their place, a public park – Sydenham Green – was established.

    Set directly under the flight path of Sydney Airport’s third runway, and located in a mixed residential and industrial area, Sydenham Green was recognised as a generally dreary place, thanks to a lack of shade and the noise generated by low flying crafts. Rather than adopting an out of sight, out of mind approach, the former Marrickville Council (now known as the Inner West Council) consulted with the local community to develop a masterplan for the park. That was in 2013.

    Four years later, the same park once deemed unihabitable has been chosen by Council to pilot its New Public Toilet Strategy. Sydenham Green Amenities, designed by Sam Crawford Architects, is intended “as an exemplary precedent for future public toilet projects, aimed at maximising public safety and civic pride, and minimising vandalism of an oft-benighted building type”.

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    Resembling a fallen section of fuselage, the building’s distinct lines and angular, even slightly crumpled form, reference the planes passing overhead at three minute intervals. Its materiality takes cues from the surrounding urban fabric and brief requirements for durability and resistance to damage.

    The rough textured bricks, compressed fibre cement and steel are all painted in one shade of white, allowing the different textures to overlap while generating a play of shadow and light. The solidity of the masonry is contrasted against the transparent, discordant rhythm of the steel security gates.

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    The structure, featuring three separate cubicles, is connected to its surrounding environment via a washbasin area, set in an open air yet covered space.  According to the design team, this connection provides ample surveillance and point of orientation in the somewhat unforgiving urban landscape – a mix of empty lots and dilapidated buildings slated for renewal in the near future.

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    On the sustainability front, a large underground rainwater tank directs collected water for reuse through the cisterns and watering of external vegetation. Natural sunlight and ventilation, accessed via light tunnels over each cubicle, coupled with motion activated sensors, forms the project’s passive design and lighting strategy.

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    PRODUCTS

    COMPRESSED FIBRE CEMENT
    JAMES HARDIE WALL & FLOOR PRODUCTS, EXO-TEC PANELS

    ROOF
    LYSAGHT SPANDEK, COLORBOND WINDSPRAY

    ROOF SARKING
    CSR BRADFORD, ENVIRONSEAL PROCTOR WRAP HIGH TENSILE ROOF

    DOWNPIPES
    HOT DIP GAL. WITH STEEL PROTECTIVE PAINT SYSTEM

    GUTTER
    CUSTOM FOLDED METAL GUTTER, BMT 0.48MM, COLORBOND WINDSPRAY

    GUTTER GUARD
    BLUE MOUNTAIN MESH, COLORBOND WINDSPRAY

    WALLS
    AUSTRAL BRICKS, KING (BRICK COLOUR)

    EXTERNAL WORKS

    BRICK MOWING STRIP
    AUSTRAL BRICKS, HAMLET ASH

    BIKE RACK
    CORA BIKE RACK WITH HOT DIPPED GALVANIZED FINISH

    STEPPING STONE
    AUSTRALIAN NATIVE LANDSCAPES

    BOLLARDS
    LEDA, ELECTRO POLISHED

    INTERIOR FINISHES & FIXTURES

    FLOORS
    FIBONACCI STONE, TERRAZZO TILE WITH ANTI GRAFFITI SEALER
    LATICRETE, LATAPOXY SP-100

    WALLS
    AMBER TILES, WHITE GLOSS
    POLYBLEND, COLOURED TILE GROUT

    TOILET
    BRITEX, S.S. CENTURION AMBULANT TOILET PAN, INWALL DUAL FLUSH CISTERN, DISABLED HAND BASIN, FLUSH MOUNT WRAP AROUND GRAB RAIL, 90 DEGREE AMBULANT GRAB RAIL, ADJUSTABLE VANDAL RESISTANT DROP DOWN BACK REST
    TUFF STUFF WASHROOMS – DOUBLE TOILET ROLL HOLDER

    BABY CHANGE TABLE
    BRITEXT SURFACE MOUNTED BABY CHANGING STATION

    TAPWARE
    BRITEX, TIMED FLOW LEVER PILLAR TAP IN CHROME
    ENWARE AUSTRALIA, TIMED FLOW PILLAR TAP IN CHROME, KEY OPERATED HOSE TAP

    MIRROR
    BRITEX, SMIR SECURITY STAINLESS STEEL MIRROR WITH CONCEALED FIXINGS

    HAND DRYER
    BRITEX, WALL MOUNTED STAINLESS STEEL ECO HAND DRYER

    DOOR STOP
    METLAM AUSTRALIA, WALL MOUNTED SATIN STAINLESS STEEL
    DORMA, FLOOR MOUNTED SATIN STAINLESS STEEL

    TOILET SIGNS
    BRAILLE TACTILE SIGNS AUSTRALIA

    Key Info

    Architect: Sam Crawford Architects
                    Sam Crawford
                    Imogene Tudor
                    Ken Warr
                    Charlotte Evans
                    Matthew Bolton

    Client: Inner West Council

    Builder: Cooper Construction Services

    Quantity Surveyor: Altus Paige Kirkland

    Structural Engineer: Northrop

    Hydraulic Engineer: ITM Design

    Electrical Engineer: Lighting, Art & Science Pty Ltd

    Access Consultant: BCA Logic

    Photography: Brett Boardman

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