Dereliction to urban farm

Looking out from the acre restaurant onto the farmer tending to his crops, you’d never guess you were sitting in the heart of Sydney. Camperdown Commons is the glorious result of a collaboration between the Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club, Pocket City Farms and the Inner West Council to transform the near derelict Camperdown Bowling Club into a fresh organic produce farm, community spaces, farm to table restaurant, children’s play area and much needed green space within the urban fabric.


With a total project budget of $2.8M, and the requirement to re-use the existing bowling club structures, our brief was to create a community hub that could become the home for an 100m2 urban farm, 200m2 of edible garden, 350-capacity venue with a bar; terrace; a shipping container for takeaway coffee; dedicated outdoor kids area and a sit-down restaurant.

The joy of farm to table

Our designs focused on the use of timbers, natural light and an interplay with the surrounding farm. It was essential that the structures felt warm, inviting and maximised the green space and improved the lives and wellbeing of the community surrounding the space.

Farm to table doesn’t get much closer than this, and you only have to head to the acre on a weekend to see how much the community loves it. Camperdown Commons is now not only a dynamic space for locals to relax, enjoy and eat well, the acre restaurant now attracts clientele from across the city and is always abuzz with people, laughter and great food.

Farm to table doesn’t get much closer than this. This project took a dilapidated bowling club and transformed it into an urban farm and restaurant.