Willinga Park and it’s three structures – an Equestrian Centre, Covered Arena and Polocrosse Pavilion – are all connected by a set of principles that prioritise site, scale, program and materiality.
Studio Name: Cox Architecture
Project size: 7600 m2
Completion date: 2016
Location: Bawley Point, Australia
Photography: Ginette Snow and Alina Gozin’a
The brief for this project?Nothing “horsey.” The large Equestrian Centre and Covered Arena seamlessly integrate into established topography without comprising functionality for users, visitors and (importantly) horses.
Light and ventilation were driving factors in their designs, contributing to the building’s distinct sculptural forms. More modestly, the Polocrosse Pavilion sits atop a purpose-built grass embankment that allows spectators to comfortably view the field.
As a collective, the three structures embrace an approach to building large facilities for year-round use and events. Wilinga Park rejects the idea of architecture and landscape being separate, instead creating a total environment for people, horses and nature.