Friday, 5 February 2010

Cabramatta, leisure centre

The Cabravale Leisure Centre which opened in 2007 features some very comtemporary architecture. It's named Cabravale because it sits on the border of two western suburbs, Cabramatta and Canley Vale. Officially, it's in the suburb of Cabramatta but it's actually closer to the commercial centre of Canley Vale. The leisure centre features swimming pools, a gymnasium, wellness areas and function rooms. I prefer the architecture I see in older buildings but this sort of modern design catches my attention and I think all that metal looks good against the blue sky.

38 comments:

  1. Very striking architecture. Just when I think I don't like modern, I see something like this.

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  2. Does it use a lot of external aluminium, Jim?

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  3. I have not seen this new leisure centre yet, thanks for the info

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  4. I like nicely designed new buildings. Also like the name Cabravale.

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  5. nice new looking buildings and shiney against the blue sky.

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  6. Marvelous architecture! And I do love those blue skies! Great shots as always! Have a great weekend, Jim!

    Sylvia

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  7. So very modern yet somehow still inviting. It is hard to get that combo most of the time but here they have done well!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I too usually prefer older architecture, but this is very striking.
    Am not sure I understand the point of the ladder like structure.

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    1. The ladder like structure I believe represent the diving tower that was at the original pool. The two first towers where spring boards. I know because I climbed that tower many a time in my youth.

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  9. You never disappoint, love those blue skies.

    All the best
    Guy
    Regina In Pictures

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  10. What a nice challenge to see, metal and sky, wondering who's to be more bright.

    A nice Friday to you.

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  11. Do you know or have a guess what the architect/artist meant the ladder to mean? It is quite stunnng anyway and reminds me to some extent of the tall prayer ladders we saw at Sky City New Mexico. They were wooden and primitive, but just the idea of these large ladders going up toward the heavens seems similar somehow.

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  12. great architecture! and it looks great with the sky.

    mine is here

    Sunrise and Sun Rays

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  13. Such interesting architecture. I haven't been in Cabramatta for such a long time. A lot of changes now, I guess.

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  14. That blue Summer sky is starting to look quite enticing... I spent all day outside today and had only 5 minutes of partial sunshine... Very stylish architecture. Thanks for the pictures!

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  15. This is some great architecture with a lovely blue sky for a backdrop! Your stadium may be smaller, but I'll bet its roof hangs in better than ours does. Then again, yours doesn't have to contend with the weight of snow and all that fun stuff lol

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  16. Julie, I found some architectural design award information that tells me that they used recycled aluminium for the exterior.

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  17. What a pretty blue skies you've been having.

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  18. Such a clear blue skies!
    Nice and interesting place.
    Enjoy the weekend.

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  19. Heippas !
    Mielenkiintoinen "terästä/hopeaa" rakennus. Pelkistettyä arkkitehtuuria, jossa ekoa kasvilla. Mielenkiintoinen kuva. Täällä on talvi ja lunta paljon. Kiitos kommenteistasi blogissani, kurkkaa myös sisarblogiini,allaolevaan osoitteeseen !
    Mukavaa Kevättä Sinulle !

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  20. I am so jalous of such a wonderful blue sky !

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  21. Sallie, I’m not sure what the ladders are supposed to symbolise. I've seen a ladder sculpture before at another sport venue, Sydney Olympic Park. That artist said that the ladder in the context of sport suggests the desire to ascend, to scale heights, to climb up, to improve, to achieve, to transcend one's limitations. You can see my post on that here.

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  22. I like the architecture and the sky is delicious!
    Greetings:)

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  23. I do like a lot of new architecture - this one does appeal to me - the shiny steel against the blue sky looks great.

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  24. I love the architecture as wel as the clear blue sky.
    Enjoy your weekend!

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  25. Thank you for the research, Jim. Being hooked on the details, I appreciate knowing.

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  26. Zany. I do love this contemporary architecture.

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  27. This is a very beautiful building. Very metallic. Nice photos!

    Have a good weekend.

    Alexander
    Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

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  28. The 'ladder' is the tower for the outdoor diving pool that existed below it. The original outdoor Olympic-sized swimming pool and large grandstand was also dug up in the renovation.

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  29. Thanks, John. I appreciate the extra info. I'll add it to the post.

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