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AAMI Park

Melbourne

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.

 

Awards

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

Technical Information

City
Melbourne
Year
2010
Client
Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust
Status
Completed, 2005-2010
Key Consultants
Sport & Recreation Victoria, Arup, Norman Disney & Young, Electrolight, Major Projects Victoria, Marshall Day Acoustics, WT Partnership, Architecture & Access, GTA, Land Design Partnership
Builder
Grocon
Cost
$267,500,000
Gross Floor Area
55,480m2