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Nearly twenty-five years ago the world tuned into Melbourne for the ultimate in sporting activities, the Olympic Games. Even before then most self-proclaimed Aussies are renowned for being among the world’s greatest sport fans. From grand slam tennis to cricket’s oldest and greatest rivalry between Australia and England, Ozzie sport naturally blends within its culture.

The Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, designed by COX Architects with engineering assistance from Arup and Norman Disney and Young for over $200 million is a boutique rugby and soccer stadium with a capacity of 31,000. Naturally pride in sporting venues should reflect well upon the very culture that supports sports so proactively.



To stand on the same level as the Bird’s Nest, the Water Cube, Wimbledon, Coliseum – any of our architecture icons, new and old, all great sporting venues support and enhance the cities in which they sit. Melbourne expects its new Rectangular Stadium will not only contribute to, but also be a focal point of the city’s Olympic Sports Park and Entertainment Precinct – only a short walk from the CBD.

Fractured architecture is slowly becoming synonymous with twenty-first century architecture in Melbourne. From the honeycomb concrete façade of Federation Square, to the steel tubing we recently wrote about on the city’s new recital centre, the bio-frame roof of the MRS already looks like it belongs. The roof will be covered with thousands of LED lights that can shine in many colours and will be programmed to follow patterns that will mimic the crowd’s energy during a match – whether it’s for the Victory during soccer, the Storm during rugby or any other game or event this new stadium will certainly attract.ly pride in sporting venues should reflect well upon the very culture that supports sports so proactively.

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