2015 National Architecture Awards: Public Commendation

Margaret Court Arena by NH Architecture + Populous Public Architecture: National Commendation Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

Embedded in the heart of Melbourne’s urban sports precinct, the Margaret Court Arena redevelopment project embraces its context with framed views across the city, the Yarra River and adjacent parklands, along with the brace of outdoor tennis courts that comprise Flinders Park. Margaret Court Arena has been built over the substructure of an existing tennis court and stands and extended in size by 1500 seats to form a new, encircling public concourse. Its striking folded copper roof hints at the opening mechanism of the world’s fastest retractable roof at its centre. The architects have successfully addressed the technical challenges of a combined sport and performance venue. At the same time, they have also recognized the important role that procession and gathering play in the experience of a public event.

Read the project review by Maitiú Ward from Architecture Australia May/June 2015.


NH Architecture and Populous in joint venture
Project Team
Ralph Wheeler, Adrian Costa (project architects); Hamish Lyon, Richard Breslin (design principals); Lyndon Hayward, Paul Henry (project principals); Astrid Jenkin (interior architect); Emily Kilvington, Mun Ching Wong, Thuyai Chung, Wilko Doehring,, Paul Foskett, Nicholas George, Dale Jennins, Mitch McTaggart, Michael Neve, Jaye O’Dwyer, Julie Rinaldi, Mieke Vinju
Acoustic consultant Marshall Day Acoustics
Building surveyor One Group ID
Catering consultant McCartney Taylor Dimitroff
Electrical and mechanical engineer Aurecon
Fire engineer Aurecon
Hydraulic consultant C. J. Arms & Associates
Landscape architect ASPECT Studios
Structural and civil engineer Aurecon
Site details
Site type Urban
Category Commercial / public buildings
Project Details
Status Built
Completion date 2015



Published online: 5 Nov 2015
Words: National Architecture Awards Jury 2015
Images: John Gollings


Architecture Australia, November 2015

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