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he need to replace the pre-existing
Rugby WA facility to make way for
a new residential subdivision gave rise
to the opportunity to design new
facilities better suited to the modern practices
of the organisation.
Rugby WA is the administrative organisation
for all tiers of Rugby Union played in Western
Australia, including the Super15 professional
franchisee for the Western Force. The new
building needed to accommodate approximately
70 administrative and sports staff plus provide
high-performance training facilities for the
Super15 squad and the development academy.
When approached from the city direction, the
new Rugby Centre is the first building to be seen
at the entry to the precinct. The building design
needed to respond to the fact that it would be
an entry landmark for the sports park. This was
addressed by creating a semi-formal forecourt to
the eastern end of the building and applying
a super-size perforated metal screen to the eastern
glazed facade, to provide shading and a graphic
signboard for the sports-park entry.
The building form incorporates features that are
reminiscent of a traditional rugby jersey – broad
horizontal stripes are reflected in the glass facade,
a white collar is referenced by the tapering white
fascia, and the Colorbond steel clad fin references
the distinct neck of the jersey.
The structure is robust in nature, simple and
without applied finishes, with materials selected
for durability and minimum maintenance.
WA State Rugby Centre
Featuring a building design reminiscent of a jersey, the new home of
Rugby WA has everything a professional sporting organisation needs.
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