The green roof makes reference to the existing ground plane, raised to create volumes below which are enclosed by predominantly glazed facades. These facades are then shielded by solid fins forming a ‘brise soleil’ on the South elevation and defining the press, public, service and private entrances on the North elevation. The fins, eaves and unglazed areas of the facades are clad in brass interlocking shingles, coursed vertically from the notional centre of the roof arc in consistent bands and laid horizontally in a randomly generated pattern of five different lengths. The linear dimensions of the shingles originate from a standard size which is then divided into halves, quarters, thirds and two-thirds. As the fins and the eaves penetrate the building envelope, the brass cladding is continued into the building, with internal shingles being chemically pre-weathered to match the final patination of the external material. The use of copper alloy is not limited to the cladding. The ribbon windows and glazed doorsets within the rainscreen are fabricated from bronze profiles, whilst the external handrails and balustrading are made up from a variety of brass bars and fixings. This aesthetic is continued internally with the ironmongery and miscellaneous fittings etc. The completed building is unique in character, using brass as an integral component of the design to confidently express itself as a world class football training facility.
AFL Architects have developed the concept of a building in harmony with its setting; utilizing free-weathering brass to integrate a striking modern building into the landscape of this sensitive green belt site.