Project Dates: October 2014 – Current
Gap Filler’s Grandstandium, is a relocatable mini-grandstand launched in October 2015 in time for the Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA).
The Grandstandium is an addition to the Retro Sports Facility at The Commons. The Grandstandium provides seating for 30 atop a trailer and comes with a scoreboard, commentary box and binoculars for added drama. The Grandstandium is our version of the government’s stadium anchor project, presently scheduled for completion in sometime in the 2020s!
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 (and artist in residence with The Physics Room and Elam School of Fine Arts). Alejandro was also intrigued by the way people would stop to watch or photograph building demolitions – 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 builds on that experiment.
Accompanying infrastructure – commentary box, binoculars and scoreboard – adds an even greater sense of functionality and drama to the Grandstandium. Anything can be turned into a spectator sport that is both enjoyed as entertainment and interpreted by everyone. Commentary and a scoreboard ‘raise’ the seriousness of an egg and spoon race, say, but ‘lower’ the seriousness of a building demolition or construction, or road works – allowing people to judge their performance.
Over the last few years groups and communities have used the Grandstandium, making use of it for their own sports, concerts, festivals or other activities.
Design team: Andrew Just (FIELD)
Engineering: Luis Castillo, Matt Brown; Aurecon
Construction: Rodney Hern, Transport 79 Ltd.
Construction: Slade Engineering, Rikki Berger
Major Suppliers: Steel and Tube
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Eyes on the City – 2014 Spring, 2015 Summer
For Eyes on the City the Grandstandium parked up at a different central city sites, replete with commentary box, commentator, scoreboard and – on occasion- an on-field roving reporter, proud to bring you all the day’s site-specific action, with edgy commentary and the best guest interviews we could muster on the state of the city, the players and more.