To create a venue to host equestrian events during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Set in 90 hectares of native Cumberland forest and rejuvenated bush land, the iconic Sydney International Equestrian Centre’s primary function was to host equestrian events during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The Centre’s post Olympic role has been an important element in the larger Western Sydney Regional Park.
A respectful approach was taken to the preservation of this historic and sensitive landscape with gentle integration of buildings into the contours of the site, paying homage to the significance of this Aboriginal land. The gentle curve of the main indoor arena takes its cue from the rolling and undulating landscape. ESD initiatives were integral in the design; natural lighting, thermal comfort, water management and run off control were some of the visionary features of the Centre, along with the extensive use of rammed earth walls.
The two buildings take inspiration from the simple functional aspects of Australian farm structures in its form and materials.