South West Rocks Creek, NSW Australia



Can architecture draw from the landscape? 

Can architecture make one more aware of natural cycles?
Can we live on the land productively and holistically?

Set in a delicate and pristine ecological system, the challenge is for the architecture to provide outdoor swimming amenities without negatively impacting the landscape. 

Glenn Murcutt, Pritzker Laureate, imbued his studio with foundational lessons to observing, drawing, and designing from the landscape at all scales of an architectural intervention. 

The course began by camping on site for a week. 

Lap pool


Tidal pool


Caretaker's residence





Pool amenities


Caretaker's residence

1. This sketch illustrates the idea fo an operable pavilion structure that is consistent across the site and considers the site's remote location in member sizes and material sources. 

2. Site plan and section explains the restrained strategy that organizes the various programs on site. Note the caretaker's residence is hung from the new bridge on the side of the town. This way the site itself remains public with no one living on site.

3. The cafe is the most communal space, positioned centrally, leading to the outdoor amphitheater and spilling onto the tidal pool. 

4.The caretaker's residence is minimal with a wall of built in millwork, suspended off the footbridge, with views over but kept off site to maintain the site's current state of visitor access. 

5. A long pavilion contains all the amenities to swimmers, located on a pier that forms a datum line against the changing tides and rising sea levels. 


the various maintenance and support programs to a series of outdoor swimming pools. The pavilions are positioned, angled, and nestled just so to amplify one’s awareness of the changing tides and natural cycles. 

The restrained gesture of a single line coheres


6. Site model

7. Site model 

8. Birds' eye view of the proposal explains the relationship of the design with the landscape and the various indoor and outdoor programs. 

9. Hand drawing of a typical cross section, highlighting the three-dimensional underside of the roof inspired by the wind-swept trees on site. 

10. A series of photographs taken on site explain this dynamic environment and the role of the footbridge and pier. 


The resolution of the truss members derives from the wind-swept trees on site and echo the same principles as the site strategy of a simple line at this pristine salt creek location in rural New South Wales.