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Allphones Arena (Sydney Superdome)

Homebush, Sydney

Allphones Arena is a wholly enclosed, fully air conditioned arena with seating for up to 20,000 people – the largest indoor multipurpose hall in the Southern Hemisphere. It has been designed as a completely flexible entertainment and sports facility permitting a diverse range of performances from basketball to ice hockey, rock concerts to circuses.

The Complex also includes a separate warm-up court, capable of holding up to 1,000 spectators, which can operate independently from the main foyer as a function and exhibition space. The adjoining car park, with space for 3,500 cars, is the largest parking structure in the Southern Hemisphere.

The facility has been realised as a long, horizontal and translucent building, scaled to unify with a lightweight verandah structure that wraps around two sides of the dome. Because the scale of the Arena can only be appreciated from one location, a system of tall mast structures, visible from all surrounds, was developed around the stadium, like a coronet. As a result the total complex appears delicate and permeable, in contrast to typically solid indoor sports centres.

The appearance is accentuated by a thin line of cantilevered and free-standing colonnade edges that are supported by fine, tree-column structures. The cable-suspended, truss roof system appears equally delicate, yet spans 150 by 120 metres.

Awards

Silver Medal, IOC/IAKS Awards 2003
Honours, BHP Steel Awards 2000
Construction Practices Award, Banksia National Enviornmental Awards 1999 (Abigroup)

Technical Information

City
Homebush, Sydney
Year
1999
In Association With
Devine deFlon Yaeger
Client
Abigroup Contractors
Status
Completed, 1997-1999
Key Consultants
Taylor Thomson Whitting, Norman Disney & Young
Builder
Abigroup Contractors
Cost
$280,000,000
Gross Floor Area
70,420m2