Buninyong Bowls Club


Designed on a tight budget, the Buninyong Bowls Club capitalizes on its botanic garden setting by reconnecting with its natural garden surrounds.

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This popular new Bowls Club comprises a community social space, kitchen, storage areas & changeroom facilities. The planning centres around a linear spatial arrangement that positions the amenities functions at one end, and the social function space at the other adjacent to the botanic gardens – creating a unique social space that has the feel of a ‘room within a garden’

To meet the tight budget, the design adopts a conventional trussed roof system that ‘peels’ open at the side entry, and shapes on either ends of the building, revealing itself within the parkland on one side & civic setting on the other.

The building integrates a number of ESD initiatives; recycled materials from the old clubhouse have also been re-used as materials, passive solar design & ventilation from the adjoining gardens, operable double glazing and infrastructure for future solar and water collection are all adopted.
Project Completed 2014
Client City of Ballarat
Location Buninyong
Photography by: Tom Blachford