Melbourne, Victoria

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

Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust
Project 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
Contractor / Builder
Gross Floor Area
Stewart Brooks
Kok Yip
Wei Ooi
Matthew Murfett
Kenneth Tsen