Box Hill has been undergoing significant change over several decades, with expressive mix of cultures and intensive increase in student density. Although the park is well used and loved as a recreational facility, the former tennis courts and club house building located on an edge of the Box Hill Gardens had been singular in use and fenced off from the rest of the park.
NMBW with landscape architects Aspect Studios worked together to re-configure the old tennis court terraces into a multi-purpose surface, incorporating two small amenity structures and bleacher seating. Strong dynamic graphics continue over floor and wall, provoking different uses and occupations; from tai chi and skateboarding to markets and music performances. The large shade structure works at a landscape-scale, facing both inwards and out to the northern expanse parkland. The amenities block structure works back-to-back with the hit-up wall.
The exposure of the ‘Box Hill’ imprint on recycled bricks, and the footprint of the clubhouse retained as landscape platform work to retain a local memory. Masonry is used where a certain type of toughness and protection is required; structural steel and cladding give a raw yet light weight airiness where visual transparency is important.