Bay Pavilions Arts + Aquatic

NBRS in collaboration with Donovan Payne Architects

Bay Pavilions is an Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre for Eurobodalla Shire Council located in Batemans Bay on the south coast of New South Wales. Situated in a prominent location between the town centre and Mackay Park sports grounds, the design for Bay Pavilions has been inspired by the stunning natural landscape and features an organic design language that makes extensive use of sustainably sourced timber. The facility comprises two ‘Pavilions’ connected via a shared foyer ‘Link’.

The Aquatic Pavilion includes an indoor aquatic centre with a 25-metre, eight-lane pool with ramp access, separate 10-metre warm water program pool, a freeform indoor leisure pool that includes learn-to-swim and toddler areas, water play splash pads, waterslides, gym, group fitness and wellness areas.

The Arts Pavilion includes a theatre with large flexible, flat floor auditorium and retractable seating for 350 people, dressing rooms, green room, art gallery/exhibition space, rehearsal/dance studio/music room, wet and dry arts workshop spaces along with community meeting and multi-purpose rooms.

The foyer link provides the main entry into the building and includes reception and visitor information, café, retail, administration and support services. The facility has been carefully designed to allow the activities and events associated with the arts, leisure, health and recreation to be visible and coalesce. Bay Pavilions represents an innovative example of what inclusive and holistic community facilities can be. Through the many sustainability initiatives that have been used on the project this building also shares an important message about how we can better live in harmony with the environment and with a lighter footprint.

Photography by Alexander Mayes

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