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

ARM architecture + CCN: perth arena

‘perth arena’ by ARM architecture, perth , australiaimage © peter bennettsall 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, consistingin 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 entranceimage © peter bennetts



view from the exterior courtsimage © john gollings



geometrical facade made of equilateral trianglesleft image © peter bennettsright image © john gollings



entry structureimage © greg hocking



entrance lobbyimage © john gollings



image © john gollings



entrance to central courtimage © john gollings



image © john gollings



image © john gollings



backstage barimage © robert luxford



fitted for concertsimage © duncan barnes



in tennis modeimage © duncan barnes



retractable roof openimage © duncan barnes




site plan



floor plan / level 0















project info:



project name: perth arenaarchitecture practice: arm + ccn (a joint venture between arm architecture and cameron chisholm nicol)date of completion: 01/11/2012gallery display category: public buildings – sporting / performance / entertainmentgross floor area: 28,300 m2type of building contract: lump sum contractclient: government of western australia, office of strategic projectspractice 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 christieproject team: luke davey, beata szulc, jonathan davis, greg stretch, doug dickson, michael edmonds, ian surtees, deborah binetbuilding services: wsp groupstructural: aureconquantity surveyor: ralph beattie bosworthbuilding surveyor: john massey grouplandscaping: urbisacoustic: aecomcivil: wood & grievearena consultants: rtkl associates incconstruction team: builder bgcproject manager: appian group

  • Brilliant and well executed; but ghastly. They can’t put enough wood on it to take away its cold intellectual almost inhuman quality.What would Christopher Alexander say? I am a huge proponent of the current avante garde, but for reasons that are hard to explain, I find this offensive.

    Mike Jackson says:
  • Yeeech… this will get old real fast.


    jimCan says:
  • wow never seen a uglier building than that… oh my god!

    Oh God! says:
  • I actually live in that city and i think it looks like it belongs in a 80s retro movie.
    Its good to see people outside Perth from around the world hating it too 🙂

    Atheist Attilio says:
  • ARM can always be counted on to do interesting architecture. I’d take interesting/awkward over recycled/degraded modernism anyday.

    ecnal says:
  • In Australia we have a saying… Looks like a dogs breakfast.

    Frank j says:
  • I heard theres a large installation of Solar on here somewhere, but didn’t see it from the photos?

    Solar Finish says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

architecture news