AAMI Park continues the strong architectural lineage of Melbourne and Olympic Parks evidenced since 1956 by the Myer Music Bowl and Olympic Pool Complex, and later by Rod Laver Arena and the MCG. It represents a move forward by the city to provide residents and visitors alike with a first-class facility that embodies a pioneering approach to public architecture and, in turn, public life.
The design responds to its unique location through its integration of the multi-code sports campus, providing a stadium that is easily accessed by spectators and highly utilised by elite players and clubs. The client’s functional brief was to provide a facility for four separate football codes, with spectator seating as close to the action as possible.
The activated relationship to the streetscape, the civic-scaled entry stairs, and the flanking urban plazas all integrate the stadium into its landscaped context, providing a strong visual connection to the city, river and parklands.
A key philosophy was to provide the perfect seating bowl, with seats rising up to optimise the preferred east and west flanks with excellent sightlines and proximity to the action while allowing close seats for the goal end fans at north and south. This form was articulated in a series of bays to maximise the sense of theatre and engagement that is so important to creating great events.
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World’s Most Iconic and Culturally Significant Stadium, World Stadium Congress 2012
National Award for Public Architecture, AIA 2011
National Commercial Master Builder of the Year: Grocon Pty Ltd for AAMI Park, 2011
Excellence Award for Collaboration, LSAA Design Awards 2011
State Architecture Medal, AIA VIC, 2011
William Wardell Award for Public Architecture, AIA VIC 2011
Melbourne Prize Winner, AIA VIC 2011
COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture, AIA VIC 2011
Contribution to Profile Finalist, Melbourne Award 2011
Award for Sports and Leisure Structures, Institution of Structural Engineers 2010
Award of Excellence, IES VIC Lighting Design Awards 2010
Shortlisted for Civic Building of the Year, WAN Awards 2010
Architectural Steel Design Award, ASI National Steel Design Awards 2010
Architectural Steel Design Award – Large Project, ASI Steel Design Awards VIC & TAS 2010
Structural Engineering Steel Design Award, ASI National Steel Design Awards 2010
Structural Engineering Steel Design Award, ASI Steel Design Awards VIC & TAS 2010
Award for Best Building Site, Wallpaper*Design 2010
Winner of the Bentley Award for International Excellence in Parametric Modelling for Structures, 2008