AAMI Park, the home ground of the RaboDirect Rebels is the capital city’s exciting new 31,000-seat state-of-the-art Rectangular Stadium at Olympic Park. Set on the Yarra’s edge in green parkland, the stunning exterior design of the stadium was created by the world-renowned, Cox Architects and will become an integral piece of the sports and entertainment fabric allowing Melbourne to host any sports or entertainment event of any shape or size.
AAMI Park has been designed with a unique and dynamic form that is innovative and memorable, a first for Melbourne and the world. At the heart of the design is the Bioframe, a lightweight steel design based on the inherent structural efficiencies of the dome. This uses 50% less steel than a typical cantilever roof structure.
This structure is then skinned in a triangular panelised façade that can be made up with a combination of glass, metal and louvers, as well as potential for photovoltaic cells. Together, the Bioframe and the skin form a highly sculptural, non industrial object. A new image for a stadium that moves away from industrial aesthetic to sculptural design.
Designed For Experience
The experience of the stadium is much more than simply a dynamic form. The design has placed a high emphasis on spectator, player and operational experience.
• Good sightlines for high quality viewing of the event
• Generous plat and seat widths to provide spectator comfort
• An elevated secure public podium that provides pedestrian/vehicle separation, Front of House/ Back of House separation and the opportunity to connect to the MCG concourse in the future.
• An advanced safe and secure environment and access for all.
• A new ‘land form’ podium deck that allows the stadium to integrate with the green parklands and hides the normally unsightly service areas.
• Enclosed bowl and bioframe design that presents a powerful sense of theatre and secure family atmosphere.
• Best practice in Accessibility.
The RaboDirect Rebels share the home ground with NRL club Melbourne Storm, and A-League teams, Melbourne Victory and Melbourne Heart.