Architecture accolades for Perth Arena

Perth Arena has added another accolade to its growing list of prestigious awards.  As reported in ArchitectureAU, the designers ARM Architecture and Cameron Chisholm Nicol were recently recognised with the top national architecture award, the Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture.

The award jury described the structure as a ‘radical, abstract, graphic alien that has landed on the edge of the CBD.’  The complexity of the design is beautifully captured in the article’s featured photos, and this YouTube video does a great job of showing off both the inside and outside of this state-of-the-art facility, including some time-lapse sequences during construction.

The award is very well-timed as Perth Arena celebrated its first birthday this past weekend.  In a media statement from the West Australian government, Sports and Recreation Minister, Terry Waldron highlighted the positive economic impact of the new facility.

“The venue has been a huge success in its first year of operation, with 90 ticketed events and 103 corporate events – with a total of 975,156 people coming through the doors since opening.”  “Since it opened a year ago, Perth Arena has hosted an event, on average, every two days.  It has also had a substantial economic impact, employing 50 full-time employees and 2,000 casual workers.”

Public transport access combined with available on-site parking has also contributed to the success of the venue.  Perth Arena has been a regular client of ours from the inception of the project.  Working closely with the operator, VenuesWest, our involvement has included car park design, early feasibility studies, design and specification of equipment, as well as overall Traffic and Car Park Management Plans.

We are delighted to have been involved with this project and wish to extend our warmest congratulations to Perth Arena, and the deserving team of architects at ARM Architecture and Cameron Chisholm Nicol, recognised with this latest award.

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