Craigieburn Splash Aqua Park and Leisure Centre
Architect: Peddle Thorp Architects
Builder: ADCO Construction (Vic) Pty Ltd
Photgrapher: Chris Matterson
Fabricator: Heritage Glass
About the project
Craigieburn Splash brings state-of-the-art glazing and window technology to aquatic recreation and entertainment. Within this expansive modern complex in the heart of Melbourne’s northern suburbs, every aspect of this facility has been designed to provide an immersive water-based experience for visitors of all ages to enjoy.
This extensively glazed facility embodies the shimmering appearance of light on water. Innovative and exciting features abound, from twin waterslides to a flexible 50m water-space, steam room, gym and spa.
The building’s public profile is reflected in its ambitious visual design, creating multiple pathways for enjoyment and exploration – making water play an irresistible experience.
Craigieburn Splash houses an enviable range of health, fitness and lifestyle services, cementing its place as Northern Melbourne’s premier aquatic facility. Situated at the centrepiece of a 12-hectare park, this facility has already become a landmark for current and future generations.
One of the visual centrepieces of Craigieburn Splash is its iconic glazed roof profile, incorporating a series of triangular motifs, flooding the public facility with natural light.
A primary consideration by the architect, Robert Abajas at Peddle Thorp Architects was durability, and the robust Capral 419 Flushline system was specified for its strength and performance.
“The range of Capral products, technical advice and quality systems supplied by Capral made it the right choice. PTA have a long history with Capral, they manufacture a quality product and we like to support Australian made,” said Robert.
The double glazed units, installed within the building’s roof sections are manufactured with performance glazing systems, reducing heat gain and heat loss, while also saving on energy costs. To meet the architects brief, highly energy-efficient window suites were required, amply fulfilled by the customised Capral 419 Flushline commercial framing system installed throughout the complex.
The design’s angled and varying shaped glazed areas called for a high degree of precision, both in terms of manufacturing and installation. The main swimming area’s parallelogram-shaped glazed area creates a striking visual theme for the facility.
The immense scope of the window suites throughout the public facility, are immediately visible to visitors on their approach, also dominating visually from within. The complex’s light-focused saw-tooth design incorporates a series of soaring slanted window arrays, with the IGUs encased within the Capral 419 Flushline suites. The window system also forms a major internal design feature, dividing areas of diverse uses while enriching the complex’s welcoming, light-saturated visual feel.
The many carefully placed window arrays within Craigieburn Splash contributes to creating a space that celebrates water’s visual and recreational potential.
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