MJA Studio proposes converting Australian stadium into giant surf pool

The Subiaco Oval, which was built in 1908, could become the Subi Surf Park, a complex with apartments, stores, and a 300-meter-long wave pool.

November 02, 2015 |
MJA Studio proposes to turn old Australian stadium into a complex with giant surf pool

The 107-year-old Subiaco Oval could be transformed into a man-made lake meant for surfing. Renderings courtesy MJA Studio, via Inhabitat. Video from SubiSurf Park.

The Subiaco Oval, a 43,000-seat stadium in Subiaco, Western Australia, broke ground in 1908 and has been the home of several Australian rules football teams (and rugby clubs) over the last century.

With the facility facing closure, MJA Studio unveiled a plan that would reform Subi into a mixed-use complex, according to Inhabitat. Not only that, but the oval-shaped playing surface would be reworked into a man-made wave pool.

Subi Surf Park is a $120 million ($85.7 million U.S.) project that would have a 300-meter-long-by-120-meter-wide lagoon with a wave generator, called the “Wavegarden”, at its center. The pool will have six zones suited for different surfing difficulty levels.

Along with the lagoon, the plan also calls for 220 apartments, a 3,000-sm marketplace, a green roof and 12,800-sm elevated parkland, bars, restaurants, and a permanent home for the West Australia Football Hall of Fame.

Developers believe that the park could attract 300,000 visitors per year. The project could be approved early next year.


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