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erth Rectangular Stadium is conceived
to embrace the human experience of
sport and to extend the social typology
of people being drawn together in the
celebration of the event.
This stadium re-invents the concourse as
a social heart – a main street of human activity
and interchange, flanked on one side by the
field and on the other by the park. The concourse
becomes a social gallery forged by the structural
frames which provide the supporting armature to
the seating platts. The marching steel frames are
organic in form, having an almost athletic stance.
The natural form unites the seating rakers
and cantilevered roof structure into a singular
entity: instantly recognisable and structurally
simple. These paired forms nestle on a rhythm
of vertical supports which create a colonnaded
expression to the park, and which encapsulate
the concourse volume.
The concourse is defined by the drama of the
structure, a space that extends over the length of
the stand with a generous sense of volume rising
up to the upper levels of the seating bowl. The
formed structural frames provide clear signals for
the main circulation points to and from the stand
with natural light permeating into the concourse
at these points. A huge woven metal veil provides
shelter to the gallery and filtered natural light to
the concourse floor, while maintaining visual
contact with the adjacent park and sky.
The food, beverage and amenity facilities have
been extracted from under the stand to sit on
the edge of the park and front into the gallery,
engendering a ‘main street’ atmosphere to this
primary circulation spire.
The stadium is a complete social and sculptural
object, which fosters an elegant signature of
identity for the precinct.
Perth Rectangular Stadium
Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland Architects
Through the design of this stadium, Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland
Architects made it their mission to re-engage spectators with sport.
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