Melbourne Park redesign provides a Grand Slam of lessons for Brisbane’s 2032 Olympic Games preparations

Hamish Lyon recently talked to Architecture & Design about Melbourne Park and what Brisbane might learn from its successes as it gears up to host the Olympic Games in 2032.

Hamish reflected on the challenge for Brisbane to create a legacy project which expands the concept of what sports architecture can offer to create a flexible public asset for the community:

“I guess the challenge for Brisbane is to see that, yes, the Olympic Games is globally significant, but what other things can those facilities become, engage with, participate in, all the way from the large scale down to community activities.”

 

Hamish Lyon with Jan Vastesaeger at Melbourne Park during this year’s Australian Open

“The Melbourne Park precinct operates 365 days of the year. Yes, there’s the Australian Open, we get Roger Federer and Serena Williams to come, but we also get Bruce Springsteen, we get the concerts, we get the festivals. There’s a need for buildings to be adaptively reused all the time. As urban designers and architects it’s a joy for us to see these buildings are used all year round.”

“We need to stop thinking about sports architecture as a one-dimensional activity. The future of sports architecture is for it to look at itself as a public amenity, as a public building,” he says, adding, “Let’s start seeing these assets as public. For public activities and public good. Let’s see them engaged and active 365 days of the year. That’s when they become a sustainable venue, that’s when they get embedded into the community.”

Read the full article by Branko Miletic here.