Drawing on visual metaphors of strength, grace and flight, the new archery centre is a simple yet dramatic linear pavilion in the landscape, crowned by an angular roof.
In a field full of athletic structures, Stutchbury & Pape's archery pavilion must count as one of the most refined and expressive of the sport it serves. Built on the northern edge of the 6.5 hectare site, it consists of an enormous tilted and skewed skewed
curve of a usually unimodal distribution with one tail drawn out more than the other and the median will lie above or below the mean.
skewed Epidemiology adjective Referring to an asymmetrical distribution of a population or of data canopy of corrugated cor·ru·gate
v. cor·ru·gat·ed, cor·ru·gat·ing, cor·ru·gates
To shape into folds or parallel and alternating ridges and grooves.
v.intr. metal that sails over a long line of cabins. As an abstract representation of the poise, economy and tensile elegance associated with archery, the structure becomes a metaphor for flight and trajectory.
Along the front of the pavilion which faces south away from the sun and overlooks the archery range, the roof is anchored by stubby stub·by
adj. stub·bi·er, stub·bi·est
a. Having the nature of or suggesting a stub, as in shortness, broadness, or thickness: stubby fingers and toes.
b. battered concrete columns and big steel plate fins, and is secured at the back by ties, their inclinations following the twist of the roof. Coloured a festive red and capped by metal fins like arrow flights, they look as if shot to ground by archers in formation. Literal allusion to the sport occurs in the main 6m grid of the building which derives from the configuration of archers in international competition.
Underneath the giant canopy, pavilion cabins contain changing and wash rooms, lavatories, a workshop, canteen and stores, their dimensions conforming to the main grid. Clad in recycled hardwood and metal sheeting, this part of the pavilion has a pitched shed roof (references to Australia's rural traditions appear more than once in the Games buildings). For security reasons, the cabins have no windows and are inscrutably hermetic hermetic /her·met·ic/ (her-met´ik) impervious to air.
her·met·ic or her·met·i·cal
Completely sealed, especially against the escape or entry of air. from the outside. Instead, polycarbonate A category of plastic materials used to make a myriad of products, including CDs and CD-ROMs. rooflights shielded by mesh diffuse luminance into their interiors.
If the structure is dynamic, then the architects' environmental sensibilities have added other dimensions. The building, much of which has been bolted together, is demountable de·mount
tr.v. de·mount·ed, de·mount·ing, de·mounts
To remove (a motor, for example) from a position on a mounting or other support.
de·mount and could be reconstructed elsewhere. Metal sheeting is in standard sizes and could be reused. But above all, the pavilion's setting has been carefully, if not poetically, considered and the result is a piece of environmental art. The archery field is a turfed expanse of levelled backfilled land, measuring 183 by 100m, and marked down its length by an abstract forest (a memory of Sherwood perhaps) -- a double band of poles which, echoing an arrow's trajectory, diminish in height as they approach the target end. Planting makes use of indigenous species, like the frothy casuarinas (feathery feath·er·y
1. Covered with or consisting of feathers.
2. Resembling or suggestive of a feather, as in form or lightness.
feath tree native to Australia) along the northern edges of the site and the native grasses which cover low earth berms around the range. When ripe, the grasses will be an alluring fringe of gold against dark mangrove mangrove, large tropical evergreen tree, genus Rhizophora, that grows on muddy tidal flats and along protected ocean shorelines. Mangroves are most abundant in tropical Asia, Africa, and the islands of the SW Pacific. forests beyond.
Stutchbury & Page, Sydney
Peter Stutchbury, Fergus Scott,
Katrina Julienne ju·li·enne
Consommé or broth garnished with long thin strips of vegetables.
adj. also ju·li·enned
Cut into long thin strips: julienne potatoes; julienned pork.
Phoebe Pape, Tom Gordon,
Structural Design Group
1, 2 Paul Raftery;
3, Patrick Bingham-Hall