RAS Exhibition Hall
The permanent use of the complex is as the main exhibition halls and administrative facility for the Sydney Showgrounds, but an overriding factor in the design was its scheduled use for indoor sports at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Span and height were determined by the requirements to provide 25,000 seats and four indoor competition spaces, with the largest under the 97 metre diameter dome to seat 10,000 spectators. The minimum span of the secondary halls is 67 metres, with 12 metre clear ceiling heights and a total floor area of 34,000m2 provided.
The continuous 325-metre-long spaces can be opened up along the sides to public outdoor spaces and for servicing. The space can be subdivided into a number of hall configurations each served by amenities “pods”. Natural lighting in general use can be controlled for exhibitions. During the Royal Easter Show as many as 200,000 people per day pass through these spaces.
Government ESD and the “Green Games” policies encouraged the provision of natural ventilation and use of laminated plantation timber for the primary structure, incorporated in the dome and vault forms with highly stressed steel jointing and tension members.
$ (in 2012):$76m
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