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A multi-purpose sport and recreation facilities on campus is proposed as part of the University of Adelaide’s new $400 million building program. The site is very tight and challenging, located in the centre of campus with an observatory building now converted to a childcare facility, as well as red bricks buildings of various heights in immediate surrounding.

The point of departure of this project is drawn from the interconnectivity between buildings, schools and facilities within the campus. A thorough research on theory and precedents was then carried out and led to the adaptation of Constant Nieuwenhuys’ New Babylon and Johan Huizinga’s Homo Ludens (Man the Player).

The transcendent moment of weightlessness happened during a performance of sport is translated into form. A pair of 'invisible wings' which uplifts human consolidates into a crystal of the university campus, comprises of stacking and cantilevered spaces to accommodate various types of sports activities. The idea of interconnected megastructure as a playground for university students within the campus is translated into architectural spaces.