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Rod Laver Arena Refurbishment

Rod Laver Arena is the pre-eminent venue within Melbourne Park, hosting a range of high-profile events throughout the year.

The Project

The Rod Laver Arena (RLA) refurbishment is a vital part of the $972m Melbourne Park Redevelopment in Victoria, a three-stage masterplan project built over ten years. Rod Laver Arena is the pre-eminent venue within Melbourne Park, hosting a range of high-profile events throughout the year and providing centre court for the annual Australian Open tennis Grand Slam. The objective of the redevelopment is to maintain the venue's ongoing viability for the next 25 years and to attract additional national and international events.

COX Architecture designed the original RLA, which opened in 1988, and 25 years later the firm was appointed to deliver the vital redevelopment works, comprising a $220m extension and upgrade. The redevelopment focused on two main elements; an upgrade to existing RLA Arena facilities with a series of amenity pods, and the striking new Eastern Pavilion.

Development Victoria
Cox Architecture
KingZip Linea
Peter Clarke
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
The amenity pods, located to the north, south and west, as well as the new Eastern Pavilion, provide additional entry points and access to the expanded concourse retail, food and beverage, and catering facilities. COX developed the idea of contemporary pods to achieve harmony with the original architecture of the stadium.

The curved façade of the Pavilion is distinctive yet complements and integrates into the surrounding parkland. The overall design imposes the significance of the facility, while remaining practical and inviting.
Kingspan KingZip Rod Laver Arena Refurbishment Roof
Key to the design is the Kingspan KingZip standing seam aluminium roofing system. The Kingspan Insulated Panels roofing system covers all the pods as well as the Eastern Pavillion and provides exceptional insulation and acoustic performance and water tightness. The customisable Kingzip system provided concealed fixings and suited the curved roof design.

The world-class sport and entertainment venue has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold® Certification for sustainable building practices, use of materials and technology. The certification recognises the design measures taken to support the arena’s commitment to environmental responsibility. One of these measures included the selection of roof materials. The Kingzip roofing panels in the chosen light colour reflect heat rather than absorbing and re-radiating it, therefore reducing the urban heat island effect. Kingzip panels also ensure low air leakage which can contribute to reducing energy consumption.

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