ARM architecture + CCN: perth arena
ARM architecture + CCN: perth arena ARM architecture + CCN: perth arena
mar 25, 2013
ARM architecture + CCN: perth arena

‘perth arena’ by ARM architecture, perth , australia
image © peter bennetts
all images courtesy of ARM architecture



politician and inventor christopher monckton is most known for his eternity puzzle, a 209-piece triangle-based game claimed to be unsolvable, consisting
in the arrangement of each unit into a dodecagon. this concept offered a strong starting point for the composition of the 15,000-seat ‘perth arena’ by
local studio ARM architects in collaboration with CCN. its tessellated triangular facade affords a freedom in the massing, creating highly geometric forms
that read completely differently from each angle of approach, breaking from the traditionally symmetrical sporting venues.the polygonal design carries through
to the inside as various surface textures and structural elements, balanced by warmer wood panels tinted in vibrant hues. an operable roof can open in seven
minutes and floods the stadium with natural light or closes during unfavorable weather conditions. the arena, prepped for use as a tennis court, can also be
transformed for use as a concert hall or for smaller more intimate events. thirty six VIP boxes, five multipurpose event rooms, six food and beverage
concession stands, and a 700-space subterranean car park make the project an ideal venue for visitors.  with a combination of low-energy lights, a rooftop
solar array, locally-sourced granite and other materials, waterless urinals, and displacement air conditioning dispensed through the seat plenums make the
voluminous structure quite sustainable when compared to other projects of similar scope and typology.



corner entrance
image © peter bennetts



view from the exterior courts
image © john gollings



geometrical facade made of equilateral triangles
left image © peter bennetts
right image © john gollings



entry structure
image © greg hocking



entrance lobby
image © john gollings



image © john gollings



entrance to central court
image © john gollings



image © john gollings



image © john gollings



backstage bar
image © robert luxford



fitted for concerts
image © duncan barnes



in tennis mode
image © duncan barnes



retractable roof open
image © duncan barnes




site plan



floor plan / level 0















project info:



project name: perth arena
architecture practice: arm + ccn (a joint venture between arm architecture and cameron chisholm nicol)
date of completion: 01/11/2012
gallery display category: public buildings – sporting / performance / entertainment
gross floor area: 28,300 m2
type of building contract: lump sum contract
client: government of western australia, office of strategic projects
practice team role: name: project director stephen ashton, jv director dominic snellgrove, design director howard raggatt, project architect stephen davies,
project architect peter keleman, design architect andrew lilleyman, design architect jeremy stewart, design architect jonothan cowle, interior architect andrea wilson,
interior architect jacquelinecunningham, senior team leader steve christie
project team: luke davey, beata szulc, jonathan davis, greg stretch, doug dickson, michael edmonds, ian surtees, deborah binet
building services: wsp group
structural: aurecon
quantity surveyor: ralph beattie bosworth
building surveyor: john massey group
landscaping: urbis
acoustic: aecom
civil: wood & grieve
arena consultants: rtkl associates inc
construction team: builder bgc
project manager: appian group

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