SIDNEY MYER MUSIC BOWL

Client: Office of Major Projects

Collaboration: Greg Burgess Architects

Location: Kings Domain, Melbourne, Victoria

Completion Date: 2001

Construction budget: $1,200,000

Size: 3.7 Hectares

Award

2003 - AILA (Vic) Design Commendation

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Project Title: Sidney Myer Music Bowl

Officially opened in February 1959 the Sidney Myer Music Bowl has long been recognised for its technological and architectural qualities, as well as a popular venue for outdoor performances.

Located within Kings Domain, the bowl is an important cultural icon and boasts striking views to the city. The expansive grassed auditorium is one of its most dramatic landscape features.

Four decades later the bowl required extensive maintenance work to the canopy, understructure, vehicular and pedestrian circulation, and general landscape environs.

The ‘bowl’ underwent a major refurbishment to enable it to be continually enjoyed by existing and future Victorian families.

The landscape design reinforces the character of the adjacent and neighbouring parklands, and is loyal to the original design while providing an enhanced environment for patrons, performers and staff.

"The lawn ‘bowl’ of the Sidney Myer Music Bowl has been carefully refurbished to improve site lines, lawn quality and integration of services. The result is a sensuous surface, which invites contact – the ultimate lawn in form and feel.

Lawn as ‘monoculture’, but lawn as cultural icon, its amphitheatre form responding in inverse relationship to the structure’s canopy. Who can resist the invitation to ‘de-stress’ in landscape, on this perfect green carpet with the sky as canopy?"

Jury Citation. AILA Vic 2003 Awards Design Commendation

SIDNEY MYER MUSIC BOWL

images Map

Project Title: Sidney Myer Music Bowl

Officially opened in February 1959 the Sidney Myer Music Bowl has long been recognised for its technological and architectural qualities, as well as a popular venue for outdoor performances.

Located within Kings Domain, the bowl is an important cultural icon and boasts striking views to the city. The expansive grassed auditorium is one of its most dramatic landscape features.

Four decades later the bowl required extensive maintenance work to the canopy, understructure, vehicular and pedestrian circulation, and general landscape environs.

The ‘bowl’ underwent a major refurbishment to enable it to be continually enjoyed by existing and future Victorian families.

The landscape design reinforces the character of the adjacent and neighbouring parklands, and is loyal to the original design while providing an enhanced environment for patrons, performers and staff.

"The lawn ‘bowl’ of the Sidney Myer Music Bowl has been carefully refurbished to improve site lines, lawn quality and integration of services. The result is a sensuous surface, which invites contact – the ultimate lawn in form and feel.

Lawn as ‘monoculture’, but lawn as cultural icon, its amphitheatre form responding in inverse relationship to the structure’s canopy. Who can resist the invitation to ‘de-stress’ in landscape, on this perfect green carpet with the sky as canopy?"

Jury Citation. AILA Vic 2003 Awards Design Commendation

Client: Office of Major Projects

Collaboration: Greg Burgess Architects

Location: Kings Domain, Melbourne, Victoria

Completion Date: 2001

Construction budget: $1,200,000

Size: 3.7 Hectares

Award

2003 - AILA (Vic) Design Commendation