Carlton Baths & Family Resource Centre

Client: City of Melbourne
Status: Complete 2013

The Carlton Baths and Family Resource Centre is a well established local sporting community facility located in Rathdowne Street Carlton. This popular facility was designed by this practice (1986-1990) and has undergone a major refurbishment and extension.The complex was in need of a number of improvements including ESD provisions, disability access, BCA compliance and cyclical maintenance. The facility which has expanded from 2,350m2 to 3,300m2, includes a health club, community rooms, change rooms, basketball stadiums with gymnasium facilities, reception, administration, maternal, child health and playgroup rooms along with various ancillary spaces. The existing outdoor swimming pools, plant room and the associated landscape will be refurbished in a separate future stage.

“The building is at its best bathed in the morning and evening light. At such moments, the architecture is a ‘freestyle’; one imbued with a sense of purpose and conscious awareness of place. The Baths has an easy going relaxed quality… it is an inventive building…that maintains a sense of civic importance.”

 Philip Drew, Business Review Weekly 1991