Wanangkura Stadium is Port Hedland's new multi‐purpose recreational centre. The name for the centre was chosen from hundreds of local submissions and means 'whirlwind' in the local Kariyarra languag...
Wanangkura Stadium is Port Hedland's new multi‐purpose recreational centre. The name for the centre was chosen from hundreds of local submissions and means 'whirlwind' in the local Kariyarra language. The title pays tribute to the centre's design, which architect Sophie Cleland likened to a cyclonic pattern, creating a 'shimmering, rippling effect on an otherwise flat landscape'.
Our approach to the design considered this building as a mirage – a shimmering, rippling effect on an otherwise flat landscape. Using a 'halftone' pixelated technique, the buildings entry facade acts as a clear visual image from long distances, whilst being highly agitated on closer inspection. The opposite side faces the Kevin Scott oval, accommodating related facilities along the oval, including a spectator’s stand, change rooms and spectator suites.
Wanangkura Stadium comprises of a main hall space which accommodates one full sized indoor show court for basketball and netball and includes two volleyball, futsal (indoor soccer), two mini basketball courts and four badminton with fixed and retractable seating for 404 people. The building also includes a short term child minding facility, gym and fitness rooms, two squash courts and associated seating area, reception and administration areas, kiosk and tea room facilities, amenities for the main hall, oval and outdoor courts and Level 1 function, bar and meeting facilities. The structural systems are designed for region D, category 2 cyclone conditions.