New media hub opens at Melbourne Park for 2016 Australian Open kick off

Source: Hassell - www.hassellstudio.com

19 January 2016

HASSELL: The world’s leading media outlets – including BBC and ESPN – will experience new working facilities for the 2016 Australian Open. The new Administration and Media Building (AMB) has opened for the Australian Open, one of tennis’ four grand slam events around the world, which kicks off at Melbourne Park today.

Although still under construction, the building is already fully operational and is one component of a far-reaching master plan for Melbourne Park, designed to secure the Park’s position as a world class sporting and events precinct, and home to the Australian Open tennis tournament.

HASSELL is responsible for the architecture, interior design and landscape architecture of the eight-storey building which is also home to the Melbourne and Olympic Park Trust (MOPT) and Tennis Australia (TA), the organisations that oversee the precinct and the Australian Open.

The upper levels of the building comprise the permanent offices for MOPT and TA while the lower levels are designed to be flexible and able to comfortably accommodate some 600 media personnel from 300 local and international outlets during the Australian Open tennis tournament in January every year. The spaces include flexible work rooms, lounges, and a cafe which had to be designed so that they can be both securely controlled and able cater for the long hours that media representatives work during such events.

The AMB is a key component of the overall master plan, and a building whose design is both appropriate to its context, and supportive of the continued success of the Australian Open and Melbourne and Olympic Park.

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