AAMI Park wins Victorian Architecture Awards
AAMI Park stadium scooped the pool at the weekend’s Victorian Architecture Awards, winning the Victorian Architecture Medal, the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture, the Melbourne Prize and the Colourbond Award for Steel Architecture.
Victorian Minister for Major Projects Denis Napthine congratulated the AAMI Park project team on the win.
“It is fantastic to see the talents of Victorian architects, builders, engineers and project managers recognised in this way. Congratulations to all for their efforts,” Dr Napthine said.
“Major Projects Victoria should be particularly proud of scoring a hat-trick by winning both the Victorian Architecture Medal and the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture for three years running, with the Melbourne Recital Centre/MTC Theatre in 2009, the Melbourne Convention Centre in 2010 and now AAMI Park.
“Not only does AAMI Park provide a much-needed home for soccer and rugby in Victoria but it is also a wonderful addition to the public realm.
“AAMI Park will now join buildings such as the National Gallery of Victoria, the Melbourne Museum and Federation Square in the pantheon of great public buildings in our state,” Dr Napthine said.
The Victorian Architecture Awards judges described the building as an “exuberant structure” noting that:
“AAMI Park sits comfortably alongside its illustrious neighbours, the Olympic Swimming Pool, the MCG and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. It has clarity of architecture concept, which integrates structure, function and siting into an iconic public venue that takes full advantage of its prominent location within Melbourne’s sports and entertainment precinct.”