Ching Wei Su
Ji Hyung Joo
Loy Theng Chia
Siang Choon Foo
Tanti MD Azman
Ung Kiong Sie
AAMI Park was Melbourne’s first large purpose-built rectangular stadium, representing a move by the city to provide a world-class facility that further developed and embodied the city’s pioneering approach to public spaces and strong civic architectural lineage, encompassing iconic facilities including Melbourne and Olympic Parks and the Myer Music Bowl as well as Rod Laver Arena and the MCG.
Completed in 2010, the stadium spans 55,480m2 with a seating capacity of 30,050. It features a cutting-edge ‘bioframe’ design with a geodesic dome roof that substantially covers the seating areas while still allowing light through to the pitch and giving the stadium a strong visual identity. A technique that allowed it to be constructed using 50 percent less steel than a typical stadium roof of the same size.
The roof’s unique design features a series of interlocking domes with a panelised façade surface of triangular facets made up of a combination of glass, metal and rainwater collection facilities. The exterior is covered in thousands of LED lights that can be programmed to display a limitless variety of colours and patterns to suit the event taking place within.
A key philosophy of the project was to provide a perfect seating bowl, with seats rising to optimise the preferred east and west flanks with excellent sightlines and proximity to the action. This form was articulated in a series of bays that echo the roof domes to maximise a sense of theatre and engagement, allowing spectators to enjoy unobstructed views, free from pillars, walls or other support structures.
COX Director, Patrick Ness
This unique structure not only reflects an ideal seating bowl, it provides a new hybrid structural system of shell, arch and cantilever that has delivered a distinctive addition to Melbourne.
The design responds to its unique location within Melbourne’s Sporting and Entertainment precinct through the integration of a multi-code and multi-use sports campus, providing a rectangular pitch stadium for its major tenants: NRL team Melbourne Storm, the Super Rugby team Melbourne Rebels, and the A-League teams Melbourne Victory FC and Melbourne City FC as well as a premier entertainment venue that has hosted concerts and events including Bruce Springsteen, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift.
The campus also incorporates an elite training centre and team administrative headquarters as well as public bars, cafes, 24 corporate boxes, a dining room with capacity for 1000 people, a gym and lap pool.
The stadium’s activated relationship to the streetscape, the civic-scaled entry stairs, and the flanking urban plazas all integrate the facility into its landscaped context, providing a strong visual connection to the city, river and parklands.