Wanangkura stadium up for architecture award

Port-Hedland's-Wanangkura-StadiumPort Hedland’s Wanangkura stadium and its blue, cubed construction has been shortlisted for a 2013 World Architecture Festival Award in the Sports Category.

Wanangkura will be up against two entries from Australia as well as buildings in Russia, Slovakia, the Philippines and the UK.

The 4,500m2 Hedland stadium features a 400-seat indoor stadium with a variety of sporting courts and fields as well as facilities to host cultural events.

But in addition to its practicality, the sporting precinct has been acclaimed for its architectural beauty.

Its bright blue outer façade is made with a cubed, pixelated technique that contrasts with the Pilbara’s famous orange landscape.

The name Wanangkura means whirlwind in the local Kariyarra language, a word chosen by the architect to tie in with Port Hedland’s cyclonic weather.

Additionally, the buildings insulated walls help reduce energy costs by maintaining steady temperatures.

World Architecture Festival Award winners will be announced in Singapore on October 2-4.

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