3/21/2013

Perth Arena


The Perth Arena is perhaps like the ancient Greek myth of the Trojan Horse- an object- an object of desire, dragged into great triumph and allowed to bring its rampage of entertainment with it.  With up to 15,000 seats, an operable roof for sporting matches, 36 VIP super boxes, five major multi-purpose event rooms, half a dozen food and beverage outlets and a 700-space basement car park, the Perth Arena becomes a stand-alone entertainment extravaganza for the city.  Located in Perth, Australia the stadium has a very flexible design, allowing for crowds of up to 15,000 in general admission concert mode and up to 14,000 in tennis mode.




The design created by ARM Architecture was inspired by the 12-sided Round House in Fremantle and the 209 irregular shaped pieces of Christopher Monckton's Eternity Puzzle.  this landmark building has been designed to provoke symbolic interpretation, create direct visual responses from all approaches, and become an integral part of the city's overall urban design and architectural strategy.





Designer's architectural strategy was to provide a core multi-functional arena without compromise and then surround it with variable circulation and a striking configuration.  instead of a singular facade they created extreme variability, giving the building a different face from every angle. Whether approaching from the elevated freeway to the west, the grand boulevard to the south, the railway lines on the north or new urban developments to the east, every facade presents a new dynamic.





Sustainable features include mixed mode natural ventilation to public concourses, displacement air conditioning system through the seating plats reducing energy consumption, photo voltaic array on the roof, WELLS-rated fixtures and fittings and waterless urinals, locally sourced materials and a water sensitive landscape design.