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As a symbol of confidence about the digital information era, Fairfax is building a new printing complex for The Agein Melbourne. Designed by globetrotting Australian printing hall specialist Ken Sowerby, along with Hassell, this lineal “supershed” will have energy-efficient, double-ventilated facades. The scheme also offers a vigorous vertical gesture to Denton Corker Marshall’s Gateway at the other end of the Tullamarine Freeway. A 32 metre-high sculpture, representing a rolled newspaper of computer-controlled printed glass, will identify the complex
Waste water management on the Olympics site at Homebush, NSW, will be exhibited as part of a treatment facility designed by Woods Bagot (Domenic Alvaro). Rising from a pond above a holding tank, a steel and glass pavilion will reveal the stormwater and sewage reclamation and management scheme. Water recycling is represented by a concrete overflow at the edge of the tank and a projecting box gutter on the roof. At night, the pavilion will be illuminated with blue lighting and solar-powered signage
Terminating the southern end of the Olympic Boulevard at Homebush is Lawrence Nield’s 10,000-seat circular stadium for Sydney’s next No. 1 tennis court. Roofed by a steel canopy designed to shade 70 percent of the seats, this creatively ventilated building will be the centrepiece of new headquarters for Tennis NSW. The complex will also provide 15 secondary courts and various facilities. To enter from the boulevard, three bridges are being built across Boundary Creek to plans by Denton Corker Marshall. And artist Janet Laurence is producing a misty experience in the creek



Published online: 1 Nov 1999


Architecture Australia, November 1999

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