Wanangkura Stadium is Port Hedland's new multi-purpose recreational centre. The name of the center was chosen from hundreds of local submissions and means 'whirlwind' in the local Kariyarra language.
The main gateway into the town in through the air, not roads. The town is located at the top western end of Western Australia and is surrounded by a sea of red earth at the edge of the Pilbara in a town infamous for Australia's iron ore exports. This gateway provided the first primary view of the Wanangkura Stadium and the approximately 3500 square meter roof which makes a significant feature in the landscape. Designers chose to treat the roof as another facade and wanted to celebrate the local club football team, the South Hedland Swans whose team colors are black and white by creating giant stripes in the roof profile. This creates an impressive view from above but is also an important feature from the oval as the roof is clearly visible from the ground and oval perimeter.
The project site is located at the Kevin Scott Oval on the fringe of South Hedland's flood plain. It is a significant destination point for major sports and social gatherings for the local community and fly-in-fly-out workers.
The main building houses a new indoor playing court, a gym, squash courts, club rooms for local football teams and upper level function rooms. Adjacent to the main building are outdoor playing courts for netball and basketball. Designers at ARM took a design approach that considered the building a mirage– a shimmering, ripple effect on an otherwise flat landscape. Using a halftone pixilated technique, the buildings entry facade acts as a clear visual image from long distances, whilst being highly agitated on closer inspection.