The Club Stand, Victoria Racing Club, Melbourne Australia - Bates Smart

“Flemington’s new Club Stand is a celebration of the history and character and joy of Flemington and the Victoria Racing Club (VRC). It provides a new home for VRC Members, a place to continue the long and rich traditions associated with thoroughbred racing at this famous location. In contrast to traditional sports stadia, the Club Stand presents itself in the round. In doing so, it captures the spirit of the promenading which enhances enjoyment of a day at the races. The sweeping curvilinear forms promote this unique movement and energy. The design acknowledges site context in which the theatre of horse racing is played out on all sides—mounting yard, track and members’ lawn to the south; parade ring and day stalls to the east; betting ring to the north and existing grandstands and winning post to the west. The new Club Stand occupies virtually the same footprint as the Members’ Old Grandstand, but will provide increased capacity, and more diverse venues and facilities in response to contemporary expectations. For race-goers, the new building ensures an enhanced experience with improved hospitality offerings, internal circulation and amenities. Operationally, the building provides staff and caterers with state-of-the-art facilities to ensure safe and efficient services support the member experience. The spaces inside the building are imbued with a sense of history without feeling beholden to it - featuring elements of the past, but interpreted with clean and sophisticated lines in a modern style, using warm materials. The story of Flemington Racecourse and the VRC is woven into the fabric of the building through material, pattern, pictorial and artefact reference and displays. The Club Stand is designed to build on the existing heritage at Flemington, and in turn to become an iconic part of the heritage of Flemington’s future.” - bates smart