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Arena Design Mimics Eternity Puzzle Using 14,000 Alucobond Panels

Perth Arena, by ARM Architecture and Cameron Chisholm Nicol CCN

Project Name: Perth Arena
Project Location: Perth, Western Australia
Alucobond Materials: Alucobond Plus custom Perth colors
Year of Completion: 2012
Architect: ARM Architecture and Carmeron Chisholm Nicol (CCN)
Fabricator: Alcom Fabricators
Photography Duncan Barnes, Carol Darby, ARM Architecture and CCN

Perth Arena is a sporting and entertainment arena in Western Australia built in a collaborative effort by architecture firms, ARM and Carmeron Chisholm Nicol (CCN). It is designed to mimic the intricacy of an Eternity puzzle with all of the pieces of the façade forming some combination of equilateral and half-triangles. Sources further state that the arena is said to be a modern interpretation of the state’s oldest public building, Round House in Fremantle.

Perth Arena, by ARM Architecture and Cameron Chisholm Nicol CCN

Interestingly, the arena functionally replaced the Perth Entertainment Center that stood just across the street until its demolition in 2011. In its sporting capabilities, it accommodates roughly 14,000 thousand people and as an entertainment venue can hold 15,500 spectators. The arena was considered one of Australia’s most complex and technically challenging construction projects.

Perth Arena, by ARM Architecture and Cameron Chisholm Nicol CCN, Photo by Carol Darby
photo © Carol Darby

The stunning exterior design utilizes 14,000 Alucobond Plus aluminum composite panels in custom Perth colors fabricated by Alcom Fabricators. As a public facility, the building was designed as a reflection of Perth’s identity, meant to invoke both excitement and innovation. One of the most interesting features of the arena is its retractable roof that allows a heavy influx of natural light from above.

Perth Arena, by ARM Architecture and Cameron Chisholm Nicol CCN, Photo by Duncan Barnes
photo © Duncan Barnes

Drastically different from the building’s exterior, the interior features the warmth of natural timber, but keeps the same geometric theme throughout. With sustainability as a critical attribute in its construction, Perth Arena is a highly energy-efficient structure with several low energy and solar powered amenities.

DISCLAIMER: The following listed samples are not necessarily what was used in the project above. Instead, we have suggested several similar looking finishes below.

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Colors Used

Market Pearl White Mica
Bone White