Wulanda Recreation + Convention Centre

Limestone sinkholes and ancient volcanic events have formed Mount Gambier’s environs and provide natural focal points in the landscape. These distinctive landmarks inform the design of the Wulanda Recreation + Convention Centre which will replace several ageing aquatic and sporting facilities in the City of Mount Gambier.

Wulanda, meaning ‘enjoy or cherish’ in Bunganditj language, will be a gathering place for all to participate in sports and recreation, community activities and events.

A long, low profile with a sweeping roof and generous canopy provides a sheltered and welcoming entrance. Curved corners throughout create organic, free-flowing spaces that are easily accessible via a central foyer. The use of regional materials, timber and limestone with their warm, tactile qualities, create a natural connection to its locality.

Location
Boandik Country
Mount Gambier, South Australia
Client
City of Mount Gambier
Value
$57.3M
Scale
12,000m²
Year
In Construction
Collaborators
CO-OP Studio
Project Contact
Ben Luppino
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The inclusion of Bunganditj in the name contributes to the healing process for the First Nations People and acknowledges our place on country, here in Berrin.

Aunty Michelle Jacquelin-Furr
Member, Bunganditj Language Reclamation Committee

Designed for flexibility

The existing 50m outdoor pool will be retained and updated in addition to a new indoor pool hall that houses a 25m lap pool, a program pool for special-needs groups, a learn-to-swim pool and a splash pad. Six multi-purpose courts, clubrooms and amenities, a gym and allied services provide ample opportunity to participate in sports and recreation. Community offices, meeting and function rooms, a creche and a youth zone bring people together in the two-storey complex.

More than 1000 people can be accommodated at conference events and performances, providing significant social and economic benefits to the community. Acoustic design, retractable seating and multi-purpose surfaces enable the centre to adapt from sporting competitions to tradeshows and events.

There is a real opportunity for this project to be a catalyst to further expand the knowledge and technology of timber construction within Australia, showcase the benefits of timber construction and promote the timber industry.

Ben Luppino
Senior Associate, DesignInc Adelaide

Marcus Warnecke

Architect, Adelaide

Braden Hill

Graduate of Architecture, Adelaide

Bryce Bessell

Architect, Adelaide

Natalie Di Sisto

Architect, Adelaide

Jacinda Hastwell

Interior Designer, Adelaide