Design unveiled for Football NSW headquarters in western Sydney ahead of Asian Cup in 2015
A striking three-level multi-purpose building featuring a rectangular prism rising above spectator seating has been unveiled as the new headquarters for Football NSW (FNSW) in Glenwood, western Sydney.
The building, which is subject to development approval from Blacktown Council, will be built at NSW Football’s current home base, the 11-hectare Valentine Sports Park (VSP), ahead of Australia hosting the Asian Cup in 2015.
It has been designed by architectural firm HBO+EMTB, whose other projects include the refurbishment of the Westend precinct of Crown Casino Melbourne and the design of the new multi-storey headquarters for the National Rugby League (NRL) at Moore Park in Sydney.
The proposed building includes integrated spectator and playing facilities that could be used as by national teams as a training base or base camp for teams for the Asian Cup in 2015.The tournament will be hosted by Australia from January 8 to 31 in 2015.
In addition to the new building, the project includes the upgrade of five playing surfaces, with two fields converted to international standard synthetic surfaces.
The new building is the centrepiece of the project, with the ground level comprising player and officials change rooms, the concourse level made up of spectator facilities and a learning centre and the upper level offering 1,100 square metres of administrative and related space.
Around half of this upper level space will be devoted to accommodation for FNSW’s staff, and the balance for training and tribunal uses associated with the running of the sport from junior to elite level, according to FNSW chief executive Eddie Moore
HBO+EMTB managing director Kevin Fitzgerald says the firm worked closely with FNSW to create a highly functional yet memorable structure.
“A striking rectangular prism supported by broad angular columns floats above the raked stands.
“The structure is anchored by a bold off-form triple height concrete cube which also forms the entrance to the facility
“It’s an attractive, highly efficient building that will serve FNSW for many decades to come,” he says.
An existing gymnasium building will be extended to create an additional 365 square metres and will include an international standard Futsal stadium (indoor football) with tiered seating for 400 spectators.
Both the NSW state government and the federal government have contributed funds for the project.
Valentine Sports Park has been operational since the late 1960s.
Earlier this year London based industry publication Building Design rated HBO+EMTB the world’s 38th largest architectural practice in the annual BD World Architecture Top 100 Survey.
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