Sydney Architecture Images-The Inner West

Sydney International Archery Park 


Stutchbury and Pape


Homebush Bay Drive, Olympic Park Homebush Bay




Late 20th-Century Late Modern




  While the Archery Park pavilion is overshadowed in sheer size by other
Olympic venues, the facility makes an equally impressive statement with
its highly imaginative and distinctive steel roof with a twist.
Olympic Case Study
Construction at the Archery Park incorporates principles of
ecologically sustainable development. The buildings are naturally
ventilated and naturally lit, and use recycled and recyclable
materials - including all the steel work.
“We’ve tried to let the material do the talking. Steel can be
thoughtfully employed to communicate structural loads,” said
Peter Stutchbury.
“The separate roof of the Archery pavilion and its inherent stresses
are expressed through the selection of steel sizes and detailing.
The angle and twist of the roof - together with its metallic finish -
produce a building of genuine Australian character,” he said.
“Modular construction allowed the structure to be largely
fabricated off-site. The building’s functional qualities mean that it
can be easily added to, and its assembly is such that all except the
substructure can be easily recycled.”

The Steel Solutions
Originally issued by BHP Steel. On 17 November 2003 BHP Steel became BlueScope Steel Limited.
Facts and Features
The Sydney International Archery Park complex is the
permanent home for archery in NSW, designed by architects
Stutchbury and Pape. It features a 100 metre by 10 metre pavilion
which is orientated on the site to provide comprehensive shelter for
archers and spectators in the event of bad weather.
The roof made from BHP ZINCALUME® zinc/aluminium alloy-coated
steel drops to the south-west to protect archers from the prevailing
wind and rain. At the same time, it rises to the north-east to catch
the cooling breezes in warmer weather.
The purpose-built pavilion reflects the precise, high-technology
aspect of modern archery, with the steel rafters and columns that
support the roof to create a visual symbol of the ‘bow and arrow’.
Architect Peter Stutchbury said the concept for the hovering,
twisted blade roof grew from the brief which required a verandah
under which archers could shelter in inclement weather.
“The inspiration for the twist was as much functional as it was
aesthetic, and we wanted to design something that wasn’t static,
but dynamic like the sport itself. It takes a standard element along
a non-standard path,” he said.
“Our design approach embraces some of the aspects of freestanding
Australian hay sheds, which have fine vertical poles into
the ground and a very simple roof over the top. Depending on the
weather, the roof on this building gives users a plentiful array of
options to select comfort zones from one end to the other.”
The 6.5 hectare Archery Park site is surrounded by natural
mangrove wetlands and two sculptural pole forests made from 185
recycled electricity poles and designed by Peter Stutchbury’s
partner, Phoebe Pape.
Roof structure 250 Universal Beam rafters, Rectangular Hollow
Section columns
Roof cladding BHP ZINCALUME® zinc/aluminium alloy-coated
steel rollformed into LYSAGHT SPANDEK HI-TEN®
Feature walling BHP ZINCALUME® zinc/aluminium alloy-coated
steel rollformed into LYSAGHT MINI ORB®
Cost $3 million
The 6.5 hectare Archery Park is part of the Millennium
Parklands, surrounded by natural mangrove wetlands and two
sculptural pole forests created from 185 recycled electricity poles.
During the Olympic Games, the archery field provided a 52 x 70
metre competition area and an adjacent training and warm-up
field of 88 x 70 metres. Temporary buildings were set up to
provide broadcast and site operations, including a 4,000 seat
temporary grandstand for spectators.
Client Olympic Co-Ordination Authority
Architect Stutchbury and Pape p (02) 9979 5030
Structural Engineer The Structural Design Group p (02) 9929 7511

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Originally issued by BHP Steel. On 17 November 2003 BHP Steel became BlueScope Steel Limited.