The Western Sydney Community and Conference Centre (WSCCC) presents a unique opportunity to build upon the existing and proposed amenities within the Panthers Precinct and the wider Penrith locale to create a new state-of-the-art facility and entertainment destination.
This civic programme is supported by accommodation in the form of a hotel and serviced apartments to deliver a ‘work, play, stay’ approach to creating an activated destination throughout both day and night.
The morphology of the Nepean River informs the architectural approach. The fluid, sinuous ribbon that defines the built form encourages movement around the site, defines entries and marks corners, and provides moments for meeting, resting and embrace.
Similarly, the materiality is informed by the River. Solid metallic panels dance across the surface of the hotel, creating a shimmering effect, akin to light on water, as they catch the light at various times of the day and night.
For the complimentary serviced apartments and exhibition building, the variegation of the rocky mountain faces, comprising vistas from Penrith, inform the triangulated protrusions that are layered over the sinuous form.
A architectural placemaker, the WSCCC opens the door to Penrith for business and entertainment functions, boosting local employment opportunities and inviting partnerships across Sydney.