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- Architect Allen JackCottier
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The Berry Sports Hall designed by Allen Jack+Cottier has won the Sports category at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona, beating other shortlisted projects including the high-profile Wimbledon Centre Court Redevelopment and the Atlantic Health Jets Training Facility.
The $1.3m project, located in southern New South Wales, is a multi-purpose sports hall located on agricultural farmland. The design of the structure alludes to the modest form of an agricultural farm shed.
The pre-cast concrete facade of the building is pierced with small windows, allowing natural light into the building during the day. At night, the effect is reversed, and internal light glows through the windows designed to imitate the night sky.
The jury described the project as, an expressive and creative building that remains nonetheless responsible towards its users and the environment. The jury also commended three Croatian projects that achieved striking designs within tight deadlines.
Sustainable features of the project include a natural ventilation system, using a combination of wind turbines and louver panels, as well as a water reuse system that collects rainwater from the roof to provide water for irrigation tanks.
Drainage is often the forgotten workhorse of the building and design function. Yet drainage maintains a simple albeit vital purpose.