Extensive use of white structural concrete was incorporated into the refurbishment of Lakeside Stadium, a major Australian sporting facility in Melbourne, to create a striking visual identity. White concrete was used to create the wall cladding for the Ball Bounce Courts, as well as the structure, seating platforms, roof support and walling of the new North Stand.
H2o Architects devised a highly articulated wall element, employing concrete as a structural, form-making and textured material to define the contemporary development of this historic sporting ground. The finish of the concrete walling is largely influenced by the pattern of soccer goal netting, while the expressive diamond shapes and “V” supports in the North Stand are a subtle reference to the motif of the South Melbourne football club, which once called the ground home.
Concrete was also chosen for its durability, self-finished properties, cost-effectiveness and the fact that it’s easy to maintain.