Australian low energy Aquatic Centres

There is hope in the Australian landscape

Some designers in Australia have attempted to build more efficient aquatic centres. Sometimes successfully, sometimes they miss the mark. 


Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre

An upgrade of all facilities took place in 2008, which saw the Murwillumbah complex transformed into a state-of-the-art aquatic centre, Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre, catering to a wide variety of pool users from elite swimmers to users of the hydrotherapy pool recovering from injury, an operation or a disability.

What sets the centre apart is the low build cost and high performance during operation with minimal running cost. 

The centre now boasts an outdoor area with a 50m pool, a childs play pool and a 100m waterslide. The indoor area has a 25m lap pool incorporating a board diving pool area, a 12m by 8m teaching pool and purpose-built hydrotherapy pool.

The centre has some unique features that bear out the experience of the local pool design committee that guided the design of the building:

  • bottom up air flow design via deck mounted air supply towers
  • shutters and windows that open out onto the outdoor pools in warm weather, providing effective natural airflow
  • low build cost using basic materials effectively
  • almost no corrosion in the wet exercise area due to tightly controlled humidity levels
  • Easily replaced heating/HVAC plant on an external raised platform


Aquatic Centre Concept, Regional NSW

A Hunt Architects design based around the council brief to be as energy efficient as possible. The centre utilises an integrated energy system that takes heat from the large town sewer running alongside the centre. The roof is a sawtooth design to allow better use of natural light whilst still maintaining interior reflective space on the ceiling and a clean roof for the solar PV. 


Sunbury Aquatic Centre, Sunbury Victoria

A Co-oP Studio design. With minimal glazing and a simple facade this centre is a good example of a low energy building. The use of timber to cover the internal trusses is another element that breaks new ground in Australia as without good air quality control, this is not possible. 


Stromlo leisure centre ACT

Another CooP Studio design. A lower roof with no skylights and no internal ducting this centre also features more timber roof supports.  The design has too much glazing (glazing=money) but the roof insulation is a big plus.

You can see the video HERE

Sale pool concept, Gippsland Victoria

You can see the detailed concept plan by Haskill HERE