Four masterplan options were developed for Melbourne Park and its flagship event, the Australian Open, with the intent to provide a scalable development that can transition from Option 1 to Option 4, allowing elements to be transferred from one option to another as time or budget dictates. It is envisaged that the final recommended masterplan option will form part of an agreement between the Victorian State Government and Tennis Australia for the continuation of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park beyond 2016.
The masterplan expands upon a new vision for Melbourne and Olympic Parks as a recreational landscape which borders the banks of the Yarra linking into the parks that surround the city, visually connecting the site to the Botanical Gardens, Yarra Park, and Fitzroy and Carlton Gardens. This network of parks is a critical attribute of Melbourne, elevating its international profile and presenting a unique opportunity for the Australian Open.
The large entertainment venues along Olympic Boulevard are viewed as positive elements around which all local activity is conducted. The primary design initiative focuses on the spaces between these venues, creating a cultural ground plane; a new promenade which draws the city, arenas, Yarra River and MCG together, allowing visitors to move between differing spatial experiences at will.