Port Melbourne Football Club Sporting and Community Facility
The timber cladding both interior and exterior serves a dual purpose Timeline: 2013-2015
Completed in 2015, Port Melbourne Football Club Sporting and Community Facility is a single storey community and multi-function space which expresses the dynamic simplicity of the “modern shed,” with handcrafted authenticity reflecting its surrounding industrial context.
The project delivers a new sports facility and cultural hub for Port Melbourne Football Club and provides function rooms and a bar with a capacity for 200 people, a commercial catering kitchen, bar, conference, meeting facilities and administration space.
The project was jointly funded by AFL, AFL Victoria and Sports & Recreation Victoria and was delivered within a tightly controlled fixed budget.
The building was designed and delivered for $2,400/sqm. The construction efficiency rate was achieved as k20 Architecture value managed the design- in turn enabling a high level of design innovation.
The design solution around this high efficiency rate included: – open trussed ceiling – open ceiling grid system incorporating customised lighting using off the shelf items – Perforated feature panels doubled as acoustic treatments – material selection preferences locally made by off the shelf building materials and adopting full timber construction methodology
k20 Architecture rationalised the precinct’s supply services and obtained Authority’s approvals to power, water, gas and sewer lines to the precinct. This included negotiating cost effective outcomes and solutions for Council.
Timber was used with free form simplicity throughout the building to create a dynamic and highly sustainable building that Council and Community could afford. Other materials or construction methods would not have been able to deliver the same amount of floor space, functionality and volume or quality of outcome.
In addition to this, the building provides universal access with a new street access off Ingles Street to the sporting precinct via an accessible timber cladded pathway.
The pavilion is made up of two parts. The front part of the pavilion is clad in stringy bark and shaped around the program of social spaces with the rear part clad in corrugated sheeting.
The interior is lined with plywood stained black which doubles up as part of the structure. This approach of using plywood and timber as both structure and finish enabled a highly efficient construction cost outcome, whilst delivering the pavilion’s exemplary sustainable credentials.
The timber cladding both interior and exterior serves a dual purpose to conceal and reveal the program within as well as retain the amount of glazing required as budget constraints for the project meant that glazing was devoted primarily to the viewing space.
The building is unique in its honesty and reflective of its context. Its interior appeals to the open trussed roof of the Norm Goss Grandstand, whilst its external shape is reflective of the styles and shapes that pervade the precinct. The ‘V’ form was adopted as a subtle reference to the buildings purpose as home to VFL and its form was used to enable the building to lift and rise to secure view lines through the building to connect people with the game.
ESD initiatives- The building construction methodology adopted sustainably sourced timber- a high carbon sink material, and was designed to provide high levels of local content and local labor.
Timber is used throughout the structure and the cladding systems are designed to provide cost effective outcomes using standard off the shelf locally sourced materials and components. The project was in turn designed to enable local labor to skillfully assemble and construct the building relying equally on locally available technology.
Contaminated soil on the site was re-used and re-blended to clean fill status. The soil was relocated to other parts of the site thereby diverting landfill impacts whilst reducing the associated costs of relocating soil as contaminated soil. This reduced landfill impacts and costs associated with disposing of contaminated soil.
The project was designed around the retention of all healthy trees and those trees which were assessed as unhealthy by Council’s Arborist where removed to make way for the building. Each tree in turn was replaced with 7 new trees that were planted across the site.
The project achieved an exemplar rating using the STEPS score card. The building included low energy light fittings, sustainable plywood linings and extensive use of plywood in place of plasterboard, with the use of plasterboard limited to the administration offices.
Sustainably sourced materials sections included modular carpet tiles with 90% post-consumer content backing, certified by CRI Green Label Plus. Engineered timber flooring with low maintenance and low VOC coating suited to chemical free cleaners were also adopted.
Further ESD initiatives included incorporating underground rain water tanks for toilet cisterns and landscape irrigation, solar hot water units, exhaust systems with makeup air, low energy nd high performing mechanical supply air conditioning systems.
The building is highly insulated, exceeding minimum standards and included double glazed thermally broken glazing systems.