“Adelaide Oval has often been referred to as one of the most picturesque ovals in the world. The challenge for Architect’s, Hassell + Cox, was to design a grandstand that did not adversely affect this reputation. The grandstand had to be modern and yet remain sympathetic to the strong heritage context of the facility.
The existing heritage grandstand had iconic arched brick walls. Part of the charm of these arches was the network of climbing vines that covered almost half the height of the walls during the summer months. It was decided that the walls and plants should reflect within the new development as well. The existing vines were preserved and served as inspiration for the new stair towers located at the back of the stands.
By using a Ronstan stainless steel tension cable system to support deciduous climbing vines on the towers, Hassell + Cox achieved a great balance between the contemporary architecture created and the historical context. The climbing vines provide shading during the hot summer months and allow cooling breezes to permeate the stairs.”
Paul Suter (Hassell Architects)