Originally 11 tennis courts in a linear sequence, the project brief proposed to convert the outdoor single sport facility into a modern indoor multi-sport centre. This would include sacrificing one old central court to give way to central amenities hub.
The architectural challenge was to deliver a cost effective light weight structure over the courts that would adapt well to seasonal change. It would be erected in a shortened construction time thus minimising the down time for player access and business interruption.
SQC ARCHITECTURE’S SOLUTION
The mPowerdome is the largest indoor multi-sport, multi-purpose facility of its kind in Australasia. It utilised tensioned fabric structure technology to economically span 156 by 38 metres which reduced construction time in an environmentally friendly way. As well as the large expanse of diverse playing courts, the facility currently provides community venues for hire, a café and lounge as well as massage and beauty therapy. The interior design effect is achieved by using strong defining colours on the more conventional curved and rectilinear elements within the large volume (walls, stairs, grilles and counters) while allowing the overarching multi-curved membrane to be light, translucent and more amorphous in character.
Client comment/ testimonial
SQCA provided consultancy ard then architectural expertise through a project fraught with challenges, very much due to its innovative nature. September 2005 saw the commencement of the construction toward mpowerdome and in July 2006 the facility was officially opened as the largest multi-purpose, multi-sport facility, of its kind, in Australasia.
SQCA's knowledge and dealings with the relevant Land and Planning Authorities was a major plus as was their extensive industry and professional networks.