Our client sought the creation of a Centre of Excellence that celebrated community, family and football.
The project seeks to strengthen the Club’s family values, bringing together fans, staff, professional players, and the academy’s rising stars within this Centre of Excellence. the new Sky Park. In doing so, the project will bring together all parts of Sydney FC under one roof for the first time in their history.
Sky Park reinforces the Macquarie University Fields as an outstanding sporting precinct for elite and community players. The precinct will welcome community engagement programs, fan days, university education and grassroots football training. The interface between community, University and club embraces urban interventions including an outdoor futsal court which doubles as an education space, marketplace, or community BBQ.
In form, the building is ground by a solid brick base capped by a floating glass box. The glazed box reveals a timber truss structure winding through a series of open spaces. The box becomes a platformed showcase, visible from the pitch while offering a terrific vantage back over it.
Spaces fostering interaction flow freely across glazed planes, from inside to out and back again. Views from lobbies, breakout areas and the first-floor terrace will offer opportunities for networking while watching players train or host exhibition competitions. The building balances the need for spaces open to all, transparent and celebratory, with those that provide comfortable contemporary workplaces to chefs, doctors, trainers and coaches.
The restrained rigor of the building’s forms, volumes, and materials reflect the ethos of its home neighbourhood; combining an aspirational vision for Australian football with a strong and hard-wearing community foundation.