‘New Melbourne icon’ calls for light designers

November 24, 2009

Video: Victorian Government seeks lighting designers for Melbourne’s new rectangular stadium.

The Victorian Government is calling for local artists to submit ideas for lighting shows to illuminate Melbourne’s new rectangular stadium as part of a new public art project.

The roof of the new stadium will be adorned with over one thousand LED lights, capable of producing dramatic light shows and visual effects. The lighting show will act as a public artwork, designed to connect with Melbourne’s sporting and cultural heritage.

Major Projects Victoria Minister Tim Pallas said the public art project offers “a fantastic opportunity to be a part of a new Melbourne icon”. The lighting show should reflect the excitement and anticipation felt by players and patrons as well as embrace the festival atmosphere of the city, he added.

The $267.5 million stadium has been designed by COX Architects, with engineers Arup and Norman Disney and Young. It features a bio-frame roof, which uses 50 per cent less steel than a typical cantilever structure. The façade consists of a sequence of triangular panels made from glass, metal and louvres modelled into a bulbous, sculptural form. With a 30,000 capacity, the stadium will be home to Melbourne Victory and Storm soccer and rugby teams.

The project is due for completion in 2010, and has already won the Bentley Award, an international award for excellence in parametric modelling for structures.

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*Image* courtesy Cox Architects

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