Templestowe Reserve Sporting Pavilion
Steve Brennan, President of the Templestowe Football Club has called their new facilities the “Sydney Opera House of sporting pavilions”. The project was completed in readiness for the first home game of the Templestowe Dockers. The 100 year history of the football & cricket club represented by different jumpers & crests are identified in the form & brickwork facades of the building. From the changing rooms, players burst through the brickwork run-thru facade on to the ground. Seen from the reserve entry the building tries to start a mexican wave to generate match day spectacle. This building includes community & training facilities for the sporting clubs. The building aims to be a carbon & water neutral building.
‘From the carpark, the building’s hulking form conveys a sense of grandeur far beyond its purpose, its weight anchoring it in the surrounding sea of asphalt & lawn. The steep sawtooth pitch of the roof gestures to the form of the 1970’s suburb, while the ‘Big V’ references the chevron of a football jumper … The prescence of past heroes has been cleverely cast into the skin of the new building …
Hook, M 2011, ‘Game Changing’, Architectural Review Australia, Issue 120, June / July, pp 72-77