ARM Architecture & CCN's 15,000-seat Perth Arena wins George Temple Poole Award
ARM Architecture and CCN have been awarded the George Temple Pool Award for their dramatic Perth Arena project. Completed in November 2012, the building has also been the recipient of the Jeffrey Howlett Award for Public Architecture, an Interior Architecture Award and the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture.
With 28,300 sq m of useable space, the Perth Arena moves away from the traditional stadium template of repetitive spaces around the core function. Instead, the ARM and CCN team created a core multifunctional arena with variable circulation routes in a ‘striking’ configuration.
The AIAWA Jury that selected the Perth Arena for the George Temple Pool Award noted that ‘visually Perth Arena is a building that delivers an aesthetic unlike anything previously existing in Western Australia and, regardless of whether it is revered or reviled, it generate enormous interest and stands out as an example of what architects contribute to the built environment’.
As alluded to in the jury’s commentary, the Perth Arena will not be everyone’s cup of tea. The angular design has been inspired by the 12-sided Round House in Fremantle and the 209 irregular shaped pieces of Christopher Monckton’s Eternity Puzzle. As one circles the building, every view will appear differently as the façade continuously evolves across the arena’s exterior.
Design Director Howard Raggatt explains: “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.”
With flexible capacity from 15,000 seats down to intimate concerts for 3,000, the Perth Arena can cater for the majority of entertainment demands. An operable roof to the main arena enables sunlight to flood in or offers shelter in questionable weather conditions and only takes 7 minutes to fully retract.
Supporting facilities include 36 VIP boxes, 5 multi-purpose event rooms, 6 refreshment outlets, a 700-space basement car park and numerous corporate hospitality suites.
Sustainable features include mixed mode natural ventilation to public concourses, displacement air conditioning system through the seating plats reducing energy consumption, a solar array on the roof, locally sourced materials (e.g. West Australian granite for the entry foyers) and a water sensitive landscape design.