Carlton Football Club Elite Training Facility and Administration Building | Populous

Carlton Football Club Elite Training Facility and Administration Building | Populous | Photographer: Chris Matterson

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Carlton Football Club Elite Training Facility and Administration Building | Populous

Traditional Land Owners
Wurundjeri
Year
2023
Chapter

Victoria

Category
Commercial Architecture
Builder
ADCO Constructions Pty Ltd
Photographer
Chris Matterson
Project summary

Established in 1864, Carlton Football Club are one of the most successful teams in the AFL having won 16 Premierships in their 159-year history. A new Elite Training Facilities and Administration Building was designed to meet the current demands of the Club for both the men’s, women’s and the state league teams.

The design concept was to represent Carlton’s identity through their dark navy-blue colour and feature their branding elements into the exterior architecture and interior design and reflect the old brick terraces of the surrounding streets, creating a greater sense of a ‘home ground’ for the fans.

The resulting design brought together both football and administration departments to provide a shared learning environment which strengthened the Club’s stance on equality between the men’s and women’s programs, providing equal amenity to each and improving the link between the administration staff and football departments.

Victorian Jury Presentation

“We set out to establish IKON Park as a state-of-the-art, fully-integrated facility, the first of its kind in Australia, and thanks to Populous, that has certainly been achieved.

The venue now leads the way in High Performance and Administration Facilities within the AFL, with Populous instrumental in helping build upon and develop the objectives the Club sought to deliver.

The challenges faced with site constraints were overcome, in large part due to Populous’ global experience. This experience was also invaluable during the early design phases when showcasing emerging trends and how the Club might benefit from adopting some of these.”

Project Practice Team

Shaun Gallagher, Design Architect
Taryn McQueen, Design Lead
Warrick Chalmers, Design Lead

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Duo Projects, Project Manager

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Carlton Football Club Elite Training Facility and Administration Building | Populous | Photographer: Chris Matterson

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