Redfern Park & Oval

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BVN in collaboration with Spackman Mossop & Michaels
Sydney City Council
Cnr Redfern Street & Elizabeth Street, Redfern NSW
August 1, 2008
Full Architectural Services

52000 m2 Entire Park

3300 m2 Grandstand and Training Building


The redevelopment of a historically important, but derelict, site like Redfern Park and Oval needed more than a simple architectural solution to restore its place in the Redfern community. Instead, the design of the area required a holistic approach focused on a landscape solution rather than the built forms within it.

Echoing its 19th Century origins, the once dilapidated football field at the southern end of the site has been sunken to allow for the integration of low-profile spectator seating around three sides of the field’s perimeter. This reference to a Victorian-era quadrangle gives a sense of formality to the landscape, providing a necessary termination to the Great Buckingham Street axis which continues into the park.

The grandstand on the western edge of the pitch houses tiered bench seating for 2,500 spectators, with grounds stores, training and changeroom facilities below. The re-established perimeter planting of fig trees will eventually grow taller than the grandstand, ensuring the park landscape will dominate.

Balancing issues of safety, cultural significance to the surrounding Indigenous communities, and the needs of the resident football clubs, the result is a place which recaptures the site’s historical importance, whilst allowing the community to reinterpret it as a contemporary place of active and passive recreation.


Cnr Redfern Street & Elizabeth Street, Redfern NSW


Master Builders Association Sporting Facility over $20M (NSW)
The Australian Institute of Architects Award for Urban Design (NSW)
AILA NSW Landscape Architecture Award (Spackman Mossop Michaels in collaboration with BVN and City of Sydney)

Brief Elements

  • 2,500 Spectator Grandstand
  • 52,000m2 Park
  • 600m2 Training Facility for South Sydney Rabbitohs
  • Cafe
  • Community Meeting Room
  • Kiosk