Deakin University Specialised Indoor Exercise and Sport Science Teaching Building, Australian Architecture, Images

Deakin University Indoor Exercise Building in Victoria

17 Mar 2022

Design: DS Architects

Location: Burwood, Victoria, Australia

Deakin University Indoor Exercise Building Victoria

Photos: Michelle Williams

Deakin University Indoor Exercise Building, Australia

Deakin University’s Exercise and Sports Science Teaching Building is a spectacular facility inspired by the dynamic forms of movement, presenting a new vision that disrupts the traditional model for university sports facilities.

Deakin University Indoor Exercise Building Australia

Deakin University Indoor Exercise Building Australia

In collaboration with staff and utilising immersive virtual reality imagery, the new building is a four-floor facility under one roof comprising a mix of indoor and outdoor activities within a sustainable and controlled environment, offering research and teaching amenity to accommodate Deakin University’s world-leading exercise and sports science programme.

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The central concept of the building expresses the different ways the human body moves, woven through a contemporary design using aesthetic forms that make a statement balanced with the facility’s state-of-the-art functions. Our design vision is also underpinned by critical thinking about who this building caters for – all bodies, all ages and all abilities.

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Taking its cue from athletes in starting blocks, a spilt bag of balls in a gym, and a starship jumping into hyperspace, the exterior of the building challenges current sport science university models with a fresh approach – celebrating the complexity, precision, and technology in sports analysis.

Deakin University Indoor Exercise Building Victoria

The challenge was transforming a sloping carpark on a small footprint into a large-scale building of approximately 4000sq m, but we optimised the site by vertically stacking the building and creating a podium level with formal entry steps. Other spatial devices include adding seating at the front, which has become an informal meeting place, creating an easy access pick up and drop off zone, and incorporating two entries with a strong connection to the campus.

Deakin University Indoor Exercise Building Australia

Inside, the new floorplate resolves the significant spatial issues of the pre-existing facilities, and the difficulty of bringing outdoor ball activities inside. Whereas previously there was limited space in which to safely romp, run, throw and kick balls, the new facility provides a highly professional environment for people of all abilities to teach from, research within and practice using the spaces.

Deakin University Indoor Exercise Building Australia

The structure is designed with a high performance suspended concrete floor system to minimise noise and vibrations within the building, with access to natural light for all occupants, including a vast 22m high atrium with a central stair connecting the four levels, plus a 450sq m roof mounted solar panel system with photovoltaic inverters, and rainwater harvesting.

Deakin University Indoor Exercise Building Australia

Today, the new building is a point of pride. Importantly, it retains Deakin University’s number one ranking as the best sports science facility in Australia and retains its top three ranking as a global leading school in sports science.

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Hide House in Victoria, Australia – Building Information

Design: DS Architects – https://dsarch.com.au/

Project size: 4200 sqm
Site size: 2000 sqm
Project Budget: $30000000
Completion date: 2021
Building levels: 4

Deakin University Indoor Exercise Building Victoria

Photography: Michelle Williams

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Location: Burwood, Victoria, Australia

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