Perth Arena, Perth


  • Project

    15,500 capacity indoor entertainment and sports stadium

  • Services

    Full service architecture and interior design

  • Location

    Perth, WA

  • Client

    Department of Treasury - Strategic Projects

  • JV Partners


  • Date


  • Awards

    2013 National Architecture Awards :
    - The Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture
    - The Emil Sodersten Award for Interior Architecture
    2013 WA Architecture Awards:
    - The George Temple Poole Award for best building overall
    - The Jeffrey Howlett Award for Public Architecture
    - Architecture Award for Interior Architecture
    - The Colourbond© Award for Steel Architecture
    World Architecture Festival Awards
    - Shortlist - Sports category
    2013 WA DIA Design Awards
    - Best in State
    - Award of Merit - Interior Spaces / Hospitality and Retail
    - Award of Merit - Interior Spaces / Public
    2015 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards
    - WA Development of the Year
    - Woods Bagot Award for Best Public Building

The Perth Arena is a landmark multi-purpose indoor entertainment and sports stadium with a 15,500 capacity which is Perth’s premier venue for major concert and sporting events. Extensive global bench-marking has engineered a facility that incorporates best-practice design and technology, combining superior acoustics and flexible usage with ambitious sustainability initiatives.

The Arena is a striking architectural statement which draws design inspiration from Christopher Monkton’s Eternity puzzle and from Perth’s oldest building, The Roundhouse in Fremantle. Utilising bold shapes and a graphic combination of colour and materials, its form both anticipates and reflects its function as the setting for exciting, large-scale events.

The interior spaces, which include 4 bars, 5 function areas and 7 concessions, share the exterior’s visual language. Vivid blue panelling is offset by warm timber, and red, yellow and orange highlights. Featured materials include blackbutt, anodised aluminium and local stone. A retractable roof opens the stadium to the sky, and skylights and window panels in the public areas admit natural light and offer views to the city.

Since completion the Arena has been highly awarded. In 2013 the Australian Institute of Architects awarded it the prestigious Sir Zelman Cowen Award for best public building, with the Jury describing it as: “…an intellectual building that manages to be popular; it is a type that is often urbanistically hostile, but here makes an urban contribution; it is robust in detail suited to sport and popular music, but gives a finely crafted spatial experience to the huge crowds. This is puzzle solving at the highest level.”