Architecture: Altona Sports Centre

January 28, 2010

A sports centre redevelopment, with a facade inspired by the Chuck Taylor All-Star basketball shoes.

The redevelopment of the Altona Sports Centre involved a two-court extension to an existing four court sports facility. Along with the two extra courts, one of which is a new show court, the redevelopment included associated amenities, a new function room and extra car parking.

The expression of the building for the redevelopment took its inspiration from the Converse ‘Chuck Taylor All-Star’ basketball shoes that were first produced in the 1910s, made famous by American basketball player, Chuck Taylor. Whilst no longer worn as a basketball shoe, the shoe is still popular as a fashion item – especially with the younger generation – providing an important link to the vast majority of the centre’s users. The southern elevation of the redevelopment provides the best expression of the design inspiration, where the delineation of metal cladding combines with large polycarbonate ‘windows’ to provide an abstract representation of the profile, laces and famous logo that appear on the high-top version of the shoe.

The redevelopment also incorporates a number of key ESD elements with the provision of rainwater harvesting for toilet flushing and irrigation; natural daylighting through the use of roof skylights; and natural ventilated space via high and low level louvres and fans.

*Team* Architects: John Schout, Vicki Leo, Neil Zimmerman, Dean Connor, Kris McIsaac

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