Parramatta Aquatic Centre

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Client

City of Parramatta Council

Services

Interpretation/Art
Digital
Curation/Content
Strategy

Sector

Cultural
Government

At the core of our practice is interpreting history and connection to community creatively and evocatively. At Parramatta Aquatic Centre we finalised the interpretation strategy, and collaboratively conceptualised, designed and developed a suite of interpretation across multiple sensory mediums across the pool and its surrounding landscape.

SUPERSENSE had the privilege of working with the Dharug Cultural Specialist Panel (DCSP) – a group of local Aboriginal Traditional Owners - to bring local Aboriginal stories to life. Tasked by the brief to realise interpretation in innovative ways, our collaborative group conceptualised and designed a range of outcomes across many different mediums, including physical and digital. SUPERSENSE's role was to design and manage a bespoke collaboration process.

The pool is a dramatic architectural statement, a circular incision on Mays Hill and constructed from concrete, steel and rock contained within gabion cages and material language of interpretation connects to it. The circular motif of the architecture is reflected in the design of panels, graphics and the shape of major interpretive interventions.

The pool is situated within Mays Hill's historic landscape and possesses sweeping views over Parramatta Park and the city. Interpretation centred on the theme ‘Points of View’ leverages the view from the elevated circular section of the pool. It focuses on Aboriginal stories and truth-telling, colonial histories of the area, and the cultural significance of this place.

Co-design collaborators

Dharug Cultural Specialist Panel (Aunty Julie Webb, Corinna Norman, Leanne Mulgo Watson)

Architecture

Andrew Burges Architecture / Grimshaw Architecture

Landscape Architecture

McGregor Coxall

Photography and video documentation

SUPERSENSE
At Parramatta Aquatic Centre we finalised the interpretation strategy, and collaboratively conceptualised, designed and developed a suite of interpretation across multiple sensory mediums across the pool and its surrounding landscape.
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SUPERSENSE have always worked in a way that is culturally safe and appropriate and I value the ongoing opportunities to work with this amazing team.
Julie Bukari Webb
Dharug Custodian and Knowledge Keeper
"SUPERSENSE worked closely with Dharug custodians, ensuring their voice and expression of culture and Country is meaningfully integrated to built fabric."
Michelle Desailly
Heritage Manager, City of Parramatta Council
At Parramatta Aquatic Centre we finalised the interpretation strategy, and collaboratively conceptualised, designed and developed a suite of interpretation across multiple sensory mediums across the pool and its surrounding landscape.
+ Read More
SUPERSENSE have always worked in a way that is culturally safe and appropriate and I value the ongoing opportunities to work with this amazing team.
Julie Bukari Webb
Dharug Custodian and Knowledge Keeper
"SUPERSENSE worked closely with Dharug custodians, ensuring their voice and expression of culture and Country is meaningfully integrated to built fabric."
Michelle Desailly
Heritage Manager, City of Parramatta Council