NAME: Wanangkura Stadium
AUTHOR: Australian architecture firm ARM architecture.
DESCRIPTION: When asked to build a sports facility in Port Hedland, a small town in Western Australia, ARM Architecture drew inspiration from its climate. The intense weather patterns of the town, such as to tropical cyclones and intense heat, were translated into the architecture of the building. The cyclonic look of the complex, which includes an indoor playing court, a gym and a squash court, even gave it its name: Wanangkura means whirlwind in Kariyarra, the local language. The pixelated facade emphasizes this shimmering effect. The halftone technique of its structure forms a clear image if seen from afar which breaks up into blocks as one gets closer.
AMUSEMENT RATE: Australia really has something with pixelated architecture. First we had this building, and now the Wanangkura Stadium. We are not complaining though. We will always welcome a building that looks like a massive game of Tetris erupted from the ground.