While the elements that make architecture iconic are certainly debatable, one can be certain that if the World Stadium Congress deems a sporting arena to be iconic, it is.
The panel of judges at the World Stadium Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner help in Doha, Qatar have labeled Melbourne’s multi-award winning AAMI Stadium an icon, and the plaudits do not stop there.
The panel dubbed the facility ‘the world’s most iconic and culturally significant stadium,’ citing its unique shape and importance to the larger Melbourne cultural experience as its most notable features.
The stadium was nominated by project architecture team Cox Architecture and Arup. In accepting the award, Russell Lee of Cox Architecture said that, “the AAMI Stadium is a fantastic achievement for our organisation and for the Victorian Government. It is the first truly rectangular stadium in the city of Melbourne.”
Also known as the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium (MRS) due to its unique shape, the facility can hold 31,000 spectators. Construction on the stadium was completed in 2010. Victorian industry members and residents alike have warmly received the stadium, with its highly unique bio-frame roof marking it as a standout structure in the Melbourne skyline.
Cox Architects design director Patrick Ness says that while local support for the development has helped it achieve its current level of cultural importance, the global recognition is a lofty honour for the entire team.
“We are honoured to have designed this world breaking stadium that not only was recognised in Victoria as the recipient of the Victorian Architecture Medal in 2011 but has now been recognised internationally as an exemplar stadium,” he says.
The award is a great honour for both the stadium and Australian architecture at large. With the development coming out as the best of the best in terms of global stadium architecture, the Australian industry is truly being recognised for its large-scale design impact.