Port Melbourne Football Club Sporting and Community Facility


  • k20 Architecture


Completed in 2015, Port Melbourne Football Club Sporting and Community Facility, Victoria, Australia, is a single storey building commissioned by the local City of Port Phillip council to provide a multipurpose space accessible to all. k20 Architecture recognises that sport and design are intrinsically linked and as such aimed to create a facility that would inspire current and future guests not only onto the playing field but also into the club. Since the completion of the new facility Victorian Football League (VFL) major games are now televised on national television from the PMFC ground, with each match attracting larger crowds.

Key Features


The form of PMFC echoes the raw industrial context of the vernacular seen in the local context of Port Melbourne, reflected in the materiality as the exterior is made up of a minimal palette of glass and wood. The ‘V’ form that appears on the East and South elevations was adopted as a subtle reference to the buildings purpose as home to VFL. The lighting layout and carpet design are fractal like expressions of paths that travel through the building and echo the paths a player might travel across the playing field.


Port Melbourne was once Victoria’s industrial centre and over the last 15 years its workhouses and industrial facilities have given way to luxury apartments, cafes and boutique retail outlets. Port Melbourne experienced rapid change but PMFC was not a part of that change. The club required a new 900 square-metre facility however expectations were tempered by the limited available budget. The building was designed and delivered for $2,400/sqm. The construction efficiency rate was achieved via a value managed design process. The new program includes a 200-person capacity function room, administration office, meeting and conference rooms and commercial kitchen and bar.


Since the completion of the new facility Victorian Football League (VFL) major games are now televised on national television from the PMFC ground, with each match attracting larger crowds. The new building has been included in a range of national television advertisements and international cricket games are now played at the grounds. The facility was selected from a nationally recognised industry leader, Peter Rowlands Catering Group, to be part of their suite of Distinctive Venues.


We are regional specialists and we have a Local Sustainability Policy (LSP) which is integral to our design approach. This delivers economic, environmental and cultural sustainability and we aim to design projects with 80% locally sourced materials and labour. In the design of PMFC Sporting and Community Facility timber was used throughout the structure and the cladding systems were designed to provide cost effective outcomes using standard off the shelf locally sourced materials and components. The project was in turn designed to enable local labour to skilfully assemble and construct the building relying equally on locally available technology.


The building includes low energy light fittings, sustainable plywood linings and extensive use of plywood in place of plasterboard. Further ESD initiatives included incorporating underground rain water tanks for toilet cisterns and landscape irrigation, solar hot water units, exhaust systems with makeup air and high performing mechanical supply air conditioning systems. The location of the building was identified based on k20 Architecture’s requirement to retain all healthy trees. Council’s arborists assessed the site to ensure no healthy trees were removed during the construction process and identified which trees could be removed while work progressed within the tree protection zone.

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