The University of Technology, Sydney commissioned PTW Architects to design a Multi-Purpose Sports Hall and Teaching Facility. Situated under a green park area in the university’s city campus on Broadway, the design started in early 2009 and has just recently been completed. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The facility accommodates an indoor playing area for a multitude of sports, change rooms, a tutorial room and other teaching facilities associated with the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Business on the lower ground level. The upper gallery level contains a separate gymnasium and dance studio.
The project is located beneath the Campus Alumni Green, and supports a substantial green roof used in collecting water for the irrigation of the Green. It uses innovative up-lighting and realizes material minimization through exposing the excavated rock face as a finish and using natural surfaces and renewable sourced materials where appropriate, such as the bamboo sports floor. The Sports Hall is envisaged to support the university’s sustainable campus initiatives.
The design intent was to expose the underground natural sandstone as well as to introduce a ‘sunken garden’ into the underground space. The sunken garden acts as a light well and also provides natural air intakes.
Architect: PTW Architects
Location: Ultimo, Sydney, Australia
Concept Design Team: Andrew Andersons, Troy Uleman, Brandon Heng
Documentation and Construction Team: Troy Uleman, Brandon Heng, Brian Steele, Terry O’Rourke, Matt Dobbs, Lillian Gu, Calvin Kwan, Virginia Kwan, Christina Rangel, Ruben Rodrigues, Gengis Yaglipinar, Anne-Lise Li Sik, Dorian Brennan, Nick Kwong
Client: University of Technology, Sydney
Cost: $8 million AUD
Key Materials: Concrete, Steel, Insitu Sandstone, Bamboo
Key Software: Revit
Photographer: Brian Steele