Optus Stadium by Hassell Cox HKS
Public Architecture: National Award
Australian Institute of Architects
Optus Stadium is the centrepiece of an integrated stadium park precinct. The precinct provides essential public transport, with two new train stations and a pedestrian bridge facilitating a direct connection to the city.
The legibility of arrival at the stadium is clearly defined by treatments in the stadium park landscape and other devices such as pergolas. This clarity of wayfinding continues inside, as views from the main concourse to the field are maintained around the entire stadium. The seating geometry is configured to optimize viewing, balancing the diverse and often conflicting aspects of spectator comfort against the solar and wind qualities sought on the field for the players.
The stadium structure is restrained and clearly efficient rather than overplayed and wasteful. There is an elegance in the formal restraint and this reads as an effort to use materials resourcefully, enabling the speed of delivery but also reducing life cycle costs. The fine-grain variegated screening on the stadium exterior reduces the visual impact of the building and reinforces the stadium’s desire to focus on the spectator experience rather than on itself.
Optus Stadium will be reviewed by Philip Vivian in a future issue of Architecture Australia.