06 November 2015
ICONIC OVAL REDEVELOPMENT AWARDED 2015 NATIONAL COLORBOND® AWARD FOR STEEL ARCHITECTURE
Cox Architecture, Walter Brooke and Hames Sharley's joint redevelopment of Adelaide Oval was awarded the 2015 National COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture at last night's Australian Institute of Architects' National Architecture Awards in Brisbane.
Group marketing manager - Sales & Marketing, Fiona Robinson, said BlueScope's most prestigious COLORBOND® steel award was saved "for a project with a delightfully contemporary, scalloped form that is refined in its expression and clearly demonstrates the suitability of steel as a complementary material to enhance heritage fabric".
"We particularly applaud Cox Architecture, Walter Brooke and Hames Sharley for the new southern and eastern grandstands. BlueScope also wishes to congratulate Johnson Pilton Walker architects for receiving the 2015 National COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture - Commendation - for 50 Martin Place," Ms Robinson said.
On winning the Award, Cox Architecture director Patrick Ness said: "We are delighted to contribute to the transformation of the historic and significant Adelaide Oval and it is a great honour to receive a prize such as the 2015 National COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture. The Oval has become a vital part of the activation of the Riverbank Precinct and Adelaide CBD, providing a public events and entertainment quarter that is truly world class."
Mr Ness also credited steel for its intrinsic contribution to the project. "Steel as a material has allowed us to design structures that achieve a lightness and elegance that are defining characteristics of Adelaide Oval. Spanning further and doing so with strength and the least amount of material could only be achieved with steel.
"The use of steel allowed the design team creative freedom to achieve the dynamic forms that are now synonymous with Adelaide Oval.
"The detailing and craft of the structural connections is part of the architecture of Adelaide Oval. Working closely with Arup and the fabricators we were able to fully utilise the properties of steel to create beautifully designed details at every connection and node," Mr Ness said.
Hames Sharley director Peter McGregor said: "Hames Sharley is thrilled to have participated in the redevelopment of such an iconic and historically significant venue and are delighted that it has received so many awards, not least of which being this year's National COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture. This development has changed the face of the Riverbank Precinct and provided the city of Adelaide with a truly world-class venue that it can be exceptionally proud of.
"Adelaide Oval has hosted both cricket and football at the highest level since colonial times and its iconic and cultural presence required a sensitive response to capture both the modern and historic. For this reason a considered approach to materials such as steel and sandstone was imperative and further adds to the satisfaction of receiving this particular award."
In its Citation the Australian Institute of Architects Awards Jury said the "Project's innovative use of steel has provided the material and structural means to give shade and shelter at human scale, and to impart a spectacular sense of spatial expression".
"Especially noteworthy is the carefully engineered lightness of the pavilion roofs' steel members. This lightness is accentuated by each pavilion roof sitting well above the uppermost seating plats, which visually and functionally allows the entire stadium to 'breathe.'
"The jury found the new Southern Stand's roof structure to be particularly breathtaking in its scale. Formed by a single curved shell with a stiffening perimeter truss, it has been engineered to achieve maximum visual lightness.
"The concept of three pavilions, each framed and roofed in steel and of a different but formally related character, has allowed each different section of the stadium to feel like a special place. The language of the floating, column-free, white diagrid structure common to each pavilion unifies the whole composition."
The Western Grandstand of the Adelaide Oval redevelopment was featured in the August 2012 issue of Steel Profile magazine, which is available free to the architectural industry.
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Cox Architecture, Walter Brooke and Hames Sharley's Adelaide Oval Redevelopment was awarded the 2015 National COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture at last night's Australian Institute of Architects' National Architecture Awards in Brisbane. Image: John Gollings.
Cox Architecture, Walter Brooke and Hames Sharley's Adelaide Oval Redevelopment.
The Adelaide Oval Redevelopment joint architects receiving the 2015 National COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture last night.