The Resuscitation A revival of Harcourt’s public pool.
Community hubs and public spaces are paramount to the viability regional towns. ‘The Resuscitation’ identifies the impact of the consolidation of services around regional Victorian centres to the detriment of public spaces in smaller towns. It goes on to investigate innovative solutions to revive these aging or abandoned spaces. The project focuses on the typology of public outdoor swimming pools as they maintain a role in small towns as loved community hubs given their inherent nature to draw people together in seek of recreation, health and social opportunity. ‘The Resuscitation’ proposes the reoccupation of Harcourt’s public pool through the commercial insertion of a cider factory into the existing pool cavity.
Harcourt is a small town of 500 residents, located 2 hours north of Melbourne along the Calder Fwy and has a long affinity with the apple growing industry. This playful design offers an uncanny experience through Harcourt’s old public pool where visitors can observe the cider making process, taste and buy the product produced on site and enjoy a relaxing afternoon charming Harcourt. Locals will enjoy the exciting new social hub in town and neighbouring public venues will gain public amenities.