Alber Park Circuit, Melbourne.
Albert Park in Melbourne is home to a host of world class sporting events happening throughout the year. Events range from A-League soccer matches to County cricket to the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix. It single handedly attracts 6 million visitors annually and contributes to 15% of all of Victoria’s GDP. This is testament to the fact that it holds immense cultural significance and economic value.
This project aims to revive the park with a focus on redesigning its sporting facilities whilst also providing for general recreation opportunities at the same time.
The Park’s close proximity to the city being situated only 3kms from the downtown Melbourne and the existing well established public transport around the Park, have made it a prominent location of leisure and relaxation at times when wanting to break away from the city hustle. However, the built fabric of Albert Park is old and dilapidated, and the stagnation of investment have led it to lose its charm in attracting the local folks any longer.
The language of continuity and deconstructivism are at the forefront in bringing about this symbolic change when designing the new facility and grandstands in an attempt to match and merge with the modern outlook of the growing city of Melbourne.
The design process started with simple cube transformation, compartmentalizing, dividing spaces to provide privacy and autonimity, and eventually undulating the skin based on the differential levels of programmes.
At one point the building spanned 360 meters in length. To bring down the scale of this rather obscure span, I went back to my initial design analysis of distinguishing between temporary and permanent elements of architecture, and that led me to thinking of a shifting, retractable roof.
The narrative has evolved over time and the primary focus now is to provide for a facility that can be used round the year.