An aerial view of Melbourne Park showing Kia Arena with a glimpse of its iconic blue seating inside and extensive open areas with newly planed Eucalyptus trees
An aerial view of Melbourne Park with the City skyline in the background, the buildings are casting long shadows. It's afternoon and the sun is low. Kida Arena and CENTREPIECE are visible
Spectators at the Australian Open with People of all ages milling around in front of Kia Arena
Garden Square at the Australian Open with crowds gathered to watch the big screens and CENTREPIECE in the background
Spectators at the Australian Open walking in front of CENTREPIECE with the Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait flags flying above.

Melbourne Park: Behind the veil

NH Architecture with Snøhetta and ASPECT Studios, 2021

Description

The third and final stage of the 10-year redevelopment of Melbourne Park has seen the full potential of this iconic precinct come to life. The overarching goal for the final stage of works was to secure the future of the Australian Open in Melbourne until at least 2036. To achieve this, the precinct needed to evolve to accommodate growing crowds and improve amenities and the overall experience for visitors. We were also aware of the ambition to create better connections both within the precinct and out to surrounding public transport networks, the river, and the city beyond.

All these ambitions came with significant logistical challenges to meet, requiring innovative design thinking from the project team.

What's On

Take a peek behind the veil of this premier sports and entertainment precinct, home of the Australian Open. Hosted by design leads from NH Architecture and ASPECT Studios, this walking tour will take in the recently completed CENTREPIECE, Kia Arena, basement operations zone, and extensive public realm areas. Visit the places shown to the international audience, and see how things really operate behind the scenes. A must for architecture, sports and entertainment fans.

Images: (1-2) Melbourne Park. Photos: Dianna Snape (3-5) Kia Arena and CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park during the Australian Open, 2023. Photos: Kristoffer Paulsen.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 29 July
Tours run 10:30am + 1.30pm
Running for 45 minutes in groups of 40
Bookings required
First release tickets: Thursday 6 July, 12pm
Second release tickets: Saturday 8 July, 10am

Meet at the front of CENTREPIECE in Garden Square.

ACCESSIBILITY

Fully wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking nearby, Elevator access

AGE REQUIREMENTS

All Ages

Location

Melbourne and Olympic Park, Olympic Boulevard

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