20,000m² Overal GFA
The Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre (GCSLC) has been designed to host world class sports events and provide a legacy for the City of Gold Coast community to enjoy.
The iconic golden building has a commanding presence as part of a wider sporting precinct at Carrara, with a bold colour and material palette, shimmering surfaces and visually rich, yet robust interior that embody the young, vibrant and confident image of the Gold Coast.
Its subtropical character and simple volumes belie the programmatic complexity which allows the building to accommodate a wide range of sports, player groups and spectator capacities across 15 basketball courts and a retractable 5000 seat arena.
Already in its short life the GCSLC has hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the TOTAL Badminton World Federation (BWF) Sudiman Cup which was the first time in the Cup’s 25-year history that it has been held in a country outside of Asia or Europe.
It is co-located with the new Gold Coast Suns Elite Training and Administration Facility (GCS ETAF), encouraging interaction between all levels of sport from young aspiring athletes to international professionals and promoting the city’s economic development and sports advocacy programs.
A public ‘street’ runs through the centre of the GCSLC containing change rooms, amenities, meeting rooms, function/event spaces, and food and beverage offerings. It is flanked by two multi-purpose halls with flexibility to accommodate a range of sports, player groups and spectator capacities across 15 basketball courts and a retractable 5000 seat arena.
The building is already heavily utilised by the community, from young aspiring athletes to elite international competitors, with interaction promoted between the two. Elite sports attraction is valuable to the city’s economic development and sports advocacy programs, supporting the presence of allied professions, club and organisational administration and generating employment and tourism.
The GCS ETAF is designed around the ‘essunce,’ a multi-level void with glowing skylights, to break down the segregation of players, coaching staff and administrative staff and promote a move towards transparency and cohesiveness within the organisation. The planning and materiality also support a sense of team spirit, history and pride.
The simple volumes of the halls are deceptive of their programmatic complexity. An extensive user consultation process was undertaken with a range of state and national sporting body representatives to understand the Commonwealth Games and legacy brief requirements for badminton, wrestling, weightlifting, gymnastics, basketball, netball, volleyball and football, many of which are conflicting.
The design also facilitates event overlay for major cultural, sporting and entertainment events with strategies for bump-in/bump-out, warm-up facilities, television broadcasting, service provisions and crowd movement.
The project involved the master plan of the precinct around the existing Metricon Stadium, including the design of the GCSLC and GCS ETAF, refurbishment of the existing Carrara Indoor Sports Stadium (CISS), elite and community sports fields and amenities, public plazas, landscape, roads and car parking.
BVN worked closely with Cardno landscape architects to create a public plaza connecting the precinct to Metricon Stadium with a legible arrival sequence for major events. The design team collaborated with local indigenous artist John Graham to create the artwork ‘Yimbun and Muyun’ on ten pylons that tie the precinct together and add a layer of rich historical references and storytelling through interpretive signage.
At a precinct wide scale, BVN were instrumental in saving the CISS from demolition. Instead of erecting a temporary facility for the Commonwealth Games the existing fabric was given a new life through an $8M refurbishment, leaving a legacy venue for the community that the originally proposed temporary facility for the Commonwealth Games would not.
The GCSLC exhibits a sub-tropical character through naturally ventilated and sunlit spaces, verandahs and native sub-tropical vegetation. It is raised above the ground plane in response to flooding and environmental constraints, but maintains a connection with the outdoors through careful placement of stairs, terraces, verandahs, and framed views to the hinterlands and sports fields.
The GCS ETAF on the north ties in tonally with the GCSLC, while expressing its own identity. The custom metallic insulated panels and polycarbonate cladding enabled datums and variation to be incorporated into the façade, breaking down the building’s immense scale in a cost-effective way. The co-location of the GCS ETAF and GCSLC was promoted to achieve economic efficiencies during construction and operation.
The design team worked closely with BlueScope to develop two custom metallic gold colours for the GCSLC to create an iconic and recognisable golden building with a distinctly sub-tropical Gold Coast feel. The GCS ETAF has its own identity, clad in a discontinued Copper Penny colour with a custom copper accent, tying in tonally with the GCSLC.
Base and highlight colours in different sized Kingspan panels are used to create a consistent motif across the GCSLC and GCS ETAF, dividing the façade into a series of datums. The combination of flat, ribbed and trapezoidal profiles also draws interest to feature areas, breaking down the immense scale of the building. A ribbon of trapezoidal panels wraps around the façade and into the interior space to tie the two parts of the building together into a cohesive whole.
Australian Steel Institute (ASI) QLD and NT Steel Excellence Awards - Buildings – Large Projects (Awarded to BVN in association with Bligh Tanner and Steel Fabricators Australia)
The Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) Qld Chapter GHM Addison Award for Interior Architecture
The Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) Qld Chapter The COLOURBOND Award for Steel Architecture
The Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) Qld Chapter Public Architecture Commendation
The Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) Qld Chapter Gold Coast Regional Commendation - Public Architecture
The Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) Qld Chapter Gold Coast Regional Commendation - Interior Architecture
- Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre
- Carrara Sports Precinct
- Gold Coast Suns Elite Training & Administration Facility
- Building capable of multiple configurations for maximum flexibility
- Centre to host Gold Coast Suns AFL team post-Games
- Plaza space contributes to public realm
- BVN also developed the Carrara sporting precinct masterplan