Tuesday, 10 November 2009

‘Concrete box with holes’ wins international architectural award

Berry002  If you think the Queens Wharf competition “winners” were uninspiring, then check this out: the sports hall that beat out the Wimbledon Centre Court redevelopment and the Atlantic Jets warm-up stadium to win the “prestigious” World Architecture Festival Awards announced last week in Barcelona.

Berry001 The A$1.3 million Berry Sports Hall, designed by Allen Jack+Cottier (AJ+C) and completed in 2007, beat the world renowned Wimbledon Centre Court Redevelopment and the New York Jets’s Training Facility to take the sports category award.

Berry004I’ve a few times that environmentalists’ ethics and currently fashionable planning laws here and elsewhere suggest that it’s not buildings they’re really wanting, these says, but a camouflage net.

This building by architects Allen, Jack & Cotter – a Recreation Hall for the Berry Sports and Recreation Centre in rural New South Wales – essentially a “low cost” gymnasium for a New South Wales country school -- takes that approach.

Here it is at night, in the view that apparently so impressed judges:

It’s said that the best place to see buildings like the Sky Tower is from the inside, since then at least you don't have to look at them.  Of this one it could be said that the best time to see it is at night . . . when school is closed.

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