A Renovated Australian Open

31 01 2012

I realize that tennis’ Australian Open ended this past weekend, but I want to address the renovated complex at which the world’s best players participated. Kansas City-based Populous, a renowned sports architecture firm, helped lead the charge – in concert with COX Architects – on the Melbourne and Olympic Parks Redevelopment.

The AUD$363M project added several new features – a 16,000-seat center court, a 6,000-seat court with a  retractable roof, and a facilities building for Tennis Australia, among other structures. New landscaping features and public squares were created to promote outdoor circulation. I have a slew of renderings of the redesign that I would like to share. I’m not writing a story on this project, so I don’t have very many notable details. But this project sure does look outstanding.