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Gabba Stadium Refurbishment, Woolloongabba QLD

Brisbane’s iconic Gabba Stadium underwent a transformative $35M upgrade, featuring Louvreclad’s innovative design expertise. The project’s primary objective, as outlined by Brayden Goodwin of Populous, was to enhance fan experience through a new wayfinding strategy, modern gate entries, and revitalized public spaces.

Collaborating from the early design stage, Louvreclad Director Kelvin Wright joined forces with Populous to conceptualize unique perforated aluminium screens for the stadium’s entrance.

These Louvreclad Polaris Series® screens were distinctively designed with a twin-skin, curved structure and integrated LED lighting, creating a visually striking effect. The design utilized four specific colours – teal, maroon, yellow, and dark blue – to aid navigation and reflect the colours of the teams playing at the venue.

The project faced several challenges, including maintaining minimal internal structure to prevent light shadows, achieving an unbroken line over a 6-meter height, and managing the overall depth between the screen skins. Louvreclad’s collaboration with BESIX Watpac and other stakeholders was pivotal in overcoming these hurdles. Initial discussions led to the creation of preliminary sketches and prototypes, followed by a full-scale prototype to test the lighting effects on-site.

The design process benefited immensely from a 3D model provided by the structural steel contractor, enabling seamless integration of Louvreclad’s screens with the structural substrate. This collaboration ensured the aesthetic appeal of the fixings and facilitated an efficient design and drafting phase.

The decision to prefabricate the large modules on-site, rather than in a factory, was driven by the complex design and site constraints. The components were delivered in a ‘Meccano kit’ form, allowing for efficient and successful installation.

Louvreclad’s strong partnership with BESIX Watpac and coordination with various subcontractors, including lighting specialists, roofers, glaziers, and structural steel contractors, was key to the project’s success. This harmonious collaboration led to a smooth delivery and a mutually beneficial outcome, marking another milestone in Louvreclad’s portfolio of enhancing iconic Australian buildings.

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