Press Release: Milson Island Indoor Sports Stadium – Brooklyn, NSW, Australia
Poetic inventiveness and response to place is evident in this powerful steel-framed sports building, located in a small island in the Hawkesbury River north of Sydney. Allen Jack+Cottier Principal Michael Heenan’s first sports building since his Berry Sports Hall won the prestigious World Architecture Award, the Milson Island sports centre has recently been shortlisted for the AIA Architecture award, Public Architecture (NSW) category. AJ+C’s brief was to design a robust multi-purpose recreation hall for young children to have fun in while on residential camp. A careful study of local conditions resulted in a building that fits gracefully into the extraordinary natural context. Its curving lightweight canopy seemingly floats over the landscape of its beautiful island site. “This is a powerful building which in its frugality demonstrates the essence of shelter,” says Michael Heenan. “ it’s a building that exploits the inherent properties of steel and ply, designed to unload the wind forces on this exposed site, and reducing the weight of the structure by 30 per cent. The curved form of the building is an overt and direct expression of its thermodynamic analysis. It naturally heats itself in winter and cools itself in summer. Its wing shape generating lift and suction combines with a dozen wind turbines on the roof and continuous floor mounted ducts to create a natural and significant ventilation system which can react to the prevailing winds.