SMC Design Studio


SMC Design Studio has been instrumental part of development and construction of a state-of-the-art  Christchurch Football Centre. It is considered to be one of the New Zealand’s best football facilities which attracts national and international tournaments.

There are a number of aspects that have to be taken into consideration when it comes to sports venue architecture:

  • Sports activities planning
  • International sporting codes and standards
  • Construction requirements
  • Turf Selection
  • Facilities
  • Irrigation & Drainage
  • Security
  • Lighting
  • Parking
  • Hospitality
  • Administration

Our team is able to create innovative solutions for unique one off projects like sports venues; able to combine aesthetics and required functionality.

Master planning

While hitting a ball down a paddock does not sound like an activity requiring any consent, in fact, professional sport venues are subject of strict town planning rules, often requiring complex resource consents or even rezoning of land.

As part of our design package, we deal with resource and building consents, engineering approvals, transport permits, electrical networks clearances and assessments for all the above either in-house, or with help of our network of trusted town planners and other specialist designers.

Cost-Effective Structural Solutions

With most of our architectural designers having an engineering background, we know very well how to make a building withstand the test of time.

Being able to immediately see a possible structural solution beyond the vaguest architectural sketch, gives us a unique opportunity to offer bold architectural forms that are backed by strong engineering expertise while achieving goals of sustainability and cost-efficiency.

Imported Building Solutions

Realising that New Zealand has a limited supply of building solutions for many sports, we always seek to learn from best practices overseas.

The world is full of affordable innovation including structural systems and building materials suitable for one-off state-of-the-art sport venues.

We have sufficient expertise and experience in bringing such technologies and materials to New Zealand and, most importantly, proving their compliance with our strict building code.

SMC Design Studio is a team of architects and engineers with experience in designing contemporary sport venues.

We are skilled in designing Sport Venues from Master Planning to a fully engineered design of all required facilities – from changing rooms to corporate boxes, from small grand-stands to medium-size stadiums and from swimming pools to gymnasiums. 

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From the very beginning, every project is approached from a holistic perspective.