Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre - Sydney
The Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre named in recognition of the Olympic swimming champion was built in Ultimo under the City of Sydney planning policy to provide community based facilities in strategic municipal precincts. The result of a design competition held by the Lord Mayor Frank Sartor in 2001 construction was completed in 2007 under the Lord Mayor Clover Moore. The building is crowned with a wave shaped roof that rises from the Darling Harbour elevation towards the Harris Street ridge. The expressed steel roof structure recalls the character of Darling Harbour and resolves itself with a colonnade of shaped concrete piloti columns on Harris Street complementing other iconic buildings in this precinct such as the Powerhouse Museum.
Architect: Harry Seidler and Associates
Cost: $40 million
Source: Australian Institute of Architects