AAMI Stadium, Melbourne’s award winning rectangular stadium and home to Melbourne Storm, Melbourne Victory, Melbourne City and Melbourne Rebels was designed by COX.
It is one of Melbourne’s and the world’s most iconic stadiums.
In fact, it was awarded the Most Iconic and Culturally Significant Stadium by the World Stadium Congress in 2012.
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.
At the time of commissioning, it represented a move by the city to provide residents and visitors alike with a first-class facility that embodied a pioneering approach to public architecture and in turn public life.
The COX 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.
Project size – 55,480 m2
Project Budget – $267,500,000
Completion date – 2005
COX is a design-focused contemporary architectural practice with studios located in every major Australian city and a history spanning 60 years.
Key to their ethos is supporting the public life of our cities. Cox does this by ensuring each project makes positive contributions to its public realm – giving more than it takes.
Dianna Snape is a well-established and respected photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. She specialises in interiors, landscape, and architectural photography.
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