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Cox wins new Sydney stadium design competition

Cox Architecture has won the design competition for a new stadium at Moore Park, adjacent to the Sydney Cricket Ground and on the site of the current Allianz Stadium.

The New South Wales government announced earlier this year that it would demolish the existing 40,000-seat stadium and replace it with a new A$730 million, 45,000-seat stadium.

The State announced that the design proposal submitted by Cox Architecture has been selected as the winning design.

Sports Minister Stuart Ayres says the design will create “a colosseum of sound and colour” that will “set the standard for rectangular stadiums in Australia…from technology and design to amazing views, it’s nothing short of world class”

Patrick Ness, Executive Chair of Cox Architecture said:

The State and the reference design set rigorous targets for any new scheme to achieve, recognising the location and enduring memories that the existing Sydney Football Stadium represents.

Despite this daunting task, I’m proud to say that our team has risen to the challenge and in many cases actually surpasses the exacting objectives set out in the brief; we’ve proposed something with more community value, more experience for teams and fans, and with better connection to surrounding parkland and amenity. It is something that is simultaneously sculptural and highly functional. It is lighter, kinder to the environment and more self-sufficient as a structure than any other major stadium in Australia. It is a fitting continuation of what it replaces.

Cox Architecture’s response to the Sydney Football Stadium project will very deliberately turn the city’s attention from the harbour.

It is a planning and design approach intended to strengthen Sydney’s status as a venue for major national sports and entertainment events while simultaneously creating a public precinct for year-round use by the wider community.

The Cox design proposes a sensitively crafted, elegant “light-weight” roof structure, born from the premise of “more-with-less”. This environmentally-aware design not only requires 40% less steel to construct but also significantly reduces its profile on its historically sensitive northern and southern ends.

Added to this feature the proposed solar panels and water harvesting solutions integrated into the roof will ensure superior recycling and energy reclamation.

The ‘outside-in’ design approach will integrate the striking natural environment. It is an environmentally-aware approach to design which will craft a sculptural, blended solution drawing on the best elements from technology, engineering and art to heighten the patron’s experience of approaching, and being within, the stadium.