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Port Hedland



Client: Town of Port Hedland
PROJECT Value: $35M

AWARDS: World Architecture Festival 2013
Shortlist - sports stadium category







'... a spectacular piece of architecture that will become a landmark for Hedland'.

western australian Premier the hon. Colin Barnett


Wanangkura Stadium is Port Hedland’s new multi-purpose recreational centre. The project includes a new 4,500m² multi-purpose recreation centre, associated outdoor courts and landscaped park and external spaces. It is a significant destination for major sports and social gatherings for the local community and fly-in fly-out workers and will provide a state of the art facility.

The building comprises of a main hall space that accommodates one full-sized indoor show court for basketball and netball and includes two volleyball, futsal and basketball courts, and four badminton courts with fixed and retractable seating for 404 people. The building also includes oval and outdoor courts, squash courts and associated seating area, gym and fitness rooms, a short term child minding facility, reception and administration areas, kiosk and tea room facilities and a function room, bar and meeting facilities on Level 1.

Our approach to the design considered this building as a mirage – a shimmering, rippling effect on an otherwise flat landscape. Using a ‘halftone’ pixelated technique, the building’s entry facade acts as a clear visual image from long distances, whilst being highly aggregated on closer inspection. The building design represents the local climate in the form and cladding pattern. Cyclones, intense weather patterns and heat distortion have been used to generate the facade creating an iconic place for the Hedland community. The structural systems were designed for Region D, Category 2 cyclone conditions.

The name for the Centre was chosen from hundreds of local submissions and means 'whirlwind' in the local Kariyarra language. The title pays tribute to the centre's design, which architect Sophie Cleland likened to a cyclonic pattern, creating a 'shimmering, rippling effect on an otherwise flat landscape'.