According to the jury, “The Connection at Rhodes is a noteworthy example of next generation community building in a productive dialogue with the site and the surrounding public space. Each wing has an intimate way of relating to the external space and bayside location, encouraging privacy, porosity and prospect.”
“A common palette of robust materials ties the whole site together into a single multi-dimensional community precinct. Its prospect enhances the waterfront promenade by creating a deck jutting out into the bay, offering a point of respite and contemplation as well as a social focal point around an external stepped auditorium.”
Crone commenced work on the 2,000sqm development after winning a competitive design process, responding to the City of Canada Bay’s brief to address a growing need for community facilities, services and active open spaces in the area to foster positive interaction between the diverse communities residing in Rhodes and neighbouring suburbs.
“We re-envisioned the community hall and civic space typology,” says Crone senior associate, Ashley Dennis.