The Australian city of Subiaco has recently proposed closing its primary football stadium, the Subiaco Oval, which follows the shutdown of two major public markets. In response, and in order to avoid the closure of another cultural center, MJA Studio has reimagined the former Subiaco Oval site as a mixed use complex centered on a man-made wave pool. Read more about MJA’s proposal after the break.
The proposal comprises several components: a large water-body surrounded by elevated public space; a permanent marketplace, hospitality and Football Hall of Fame on the ground plane; apartments inserted between the ground plane and public space; and a link between adjacent train stations, lined with terrace housing and additional public event space. The design also incorporates the re-use of the concrete used for the Subiaco Oval, and the opening of a “Subi Surf Park” utilizing WaveGarden technology.
From the architect: Subi Surf Park will deliver the highest quality man made waves on the planet, and the most authentic surfing experience for new and existing surfers of all ages, experience and ability. The wave technology is operated by URBN SURF Group under license from Wave Garden. Once the lagoon has been filled the water required per annum is equitable to what is currently used on the stadiums lawn.
Boundary Hill is a 12800m2 extension to Kitchener Park, the 1:20 gradient allows for disabled access without handrails throughout. This new public park is designed for passive and active recreation space as well as a temporary event space and opportunity to survey the lagoon, CBD and landscape beyond. The built form of the park and apartments below follow the geometry of the former stadium but their taper ensures a reduction of overshadowing to the southern neighbours of 25%.
The apartments are designed to maximise the amenity of the end user ensuring solar access and cross ventilation wherever their location. Each apartment has a private and public balcony space flanking their apartment allowing them to choose their level of interaction with the rest of the development.
MarketHall ensures a permanent home for a new 3000m2 public market which can be open all week and on weekends open onto a 6500m2 Market Square. The intention of the Market programme is to support micro-entrepreneurs and help diversify the Subiaco economy.
The history of Australian Football on the site is recognised throughout the proposal with imbedded art installations, augmented reality and a home for the WA Football Hall of Fame.
- Architects: MJA Studio
- Location: Subiaco Rd, Subiaco WA 6008, Australia
- Area: 22000.0 sqm
- Project Year: 2015
- Photographs: Courtesy of MJA Studio
The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) has announced the three winners of its ChiDesign ideas competition to design the Chicago Centre for Architecture, Design and Education (CADE). The competition was in conjunction with the first ever Chicago Architecture Biennial, following the spirit of Robert McCormick’s international competition for the Chicago Tribune Tower in 1922 which opened discourse on the importance of design to the public. Similar to McCormick’s competition, but tackling a more modern, mixed-use typology, the Chicago CADE is envisioned as a facility to house the Chicago Architecture Foundation; the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat; a design and allied arts high school; and learning spaces for an extra-curricular youth program. Read about one of the winners, “Layered Intelligence” after the break, and see another winner, “Unveiled” here.
McCormick’s Chicago Tribune Tower competition came during the nascent years of the skyscraper, and served to produce the discussion necessary to address the question of what skyscrapers should and shouldn’t be. In the landscape of modern architecture, Layered Intelligence by mcdowellespinosa is a proposal for the CADE centred on the re-imagining of programmatic functions. Rather than separating the Centre based on the four different uses it houses, different functions are categorized according to their treatment of information and then reorganized through over 500 unique profiles, calibrated for their specific context. Spaces are created for presenting informating (levels 0-4); producing and consuming information (levels 5-8); and controlling and organizing information (levels 10-12).
The building reads as a layering of two material oppositions: hard, manufactured, precast concrete panels; and a soft, organic resin-hair composite. The resin-hair material transmits light throughout the building, adds visual screening, and provides thermal insulation to the building. The hair embedded in the compound is extracted from the excessive waste stream of human hair that travels from hair salons to landfills.
With its unconventional programmatic strategies and use of material, Layered Intelligence aims to re-affirm architecture’s need to be constantly examined and questioned, reimagining the mixed-use typology that has risen to prominence in the past decade.
The CAF is currently hosting a major exhibition featuring a shortlist of CADE submissions at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The exhibition aims to reflect on the design of a Center for Architecture, Design and Education in Chicago, as well as highlight the city’s legacy of architectural leadership. The exhibition will run from October 1, 2015 to January 3, 2016.
Learn more about the winning projects on ChiDesign.
- Architect In Charge: Seth McDowell
- Project Year: 2015
- Photographs: Courtesy of mcdowellespinosa