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Carfax wins Two MBA Awards in 2008 MBA_Winner_08_small

Category: Best Use of External Timber
Project:  Wentworth Common Adventure Playground

The concept behind the Wentworth Common Adventure Playground project was to provide a nature-based play experience for children of all ages. With this is mind, the design offers a variety of activities such as dip netting and bird watching, water play activities in ponds and on swales between ponds. The project included a series of off-the-shelf play elements and purpose made elements to encourage interaction with the natural aspects of the design. The ‘nest’ is a purpose made item that was constructed to encourage a range of balancing and stepping activities as part of the overall playground experience.


 A series of custom made timber ‘boxes’ made from, 100% certified recycled Australian hardwoods have been provided to allow rest and observation during play. At the south end of the project, a timber bird hide has been constructed overlooking the Eastern Water Quality Control Pond. The hide provides partial concealment and seating for viewers of the pond. The design also created two additional ponds one being an ephemeral pond and one being a shallow pond serviced by water from the Sydney Olympic Parks WRAMS plant (Water Reclamation and Management System).

 All timber elements used for the project are 100% Recycled Australian Hardwood hand picked and re-claimed from various sites all around Australia. The realization of the intricate conceptual design of these boxes required the input from an Engineering firm engaged by Carfax. They aided in taking the design from concept to reality without compromising the Architectural intent.