Just add spectacle
The Grandstandium was created in 2015 for the Festival of Transitional Architecture in October of that year. Designed concurrently with our Retrosports Facility, the Grandstandium was designed to be a useful amenity as well as critique the Government’s stadium anchor project.
The Grandstandium seats 32 people and comes with a retractable awning to protect from sun and rain. It comes with a commentary box for added hilarity and can be towed by a 4WD or ute and put in place at a range of events around the city. It adds added spectacle to whatever it is placed alongside.
Fit for any location
Gap Filler was interested in how, with relatively minimal infrastructure, one could define and create public space, almost instantly. We dreamed of spontaneous sporting moments on different spaces around the city or transforming some of the extraordinary construction or demolition projects around the city into crowd-worthy events.
Originally designed by Gap Filler co-founder Andrew Just (FIELD) in conversation with Luis Castillo and Matt Brown, engineers at Aurecon, the project developed further in June 2015 after a conversation with Alejandro Haiek-Coll, a visiting Venezuelan architect and community activist (an artist in residence with The Physics Room and Elam School of Fine Arts in 2015). Alejandro was also intrigued by the way people would stop to watch or photograph building demolitions around Christchurch – often stopping in the street to do so. Together with Gap Filler he developed an instant-grandstand project, which, for one day, provided some infrastructure from which people could observe the (controversial) demolition of Centennial Pool earlier in 2015. The Grandstandium built upon that experiment.
Who, what, where, when
Date: October 2015 – present
Locations: Wherever you want! But often it lives at 70 Kilmore Street
Client/Funder: Christchurch City Council, Freemasons
Key people: Andrew Just (FIELD), Rodney Hern, Luis Castillo, Matt Brown, Rikki Berger
Values: Experimentation, Collaboration
Support/Sponsors: FIELD Achitecture Studio, Aurecon, Steel & Tube
A Grandstandium for your City?
We’ve created a How-To manual so you can build a Grandstandium for your own community. The manual encompasses the physical build the important community side of the build – how to engage people, involve volunteers, choose a good site and layout, address council regulations and so on.
We’ve learned a lot from our Grandstandium and have made many modifications over the years. These have been incorporating into the manual. It means you don’t have to problem-solve how to build one for your community; we’ve done all that for you and this assures you of a high-quality, well-designed Grandstandium that will add vitality for years to come.
Please contact Gap Filler (email@example.com) for the price of our manual, complete with full designs and materials list. Sales from the Grandstandium manual go to support Gap Filler Trust.