Margaret Court Arena


  • NH Architecture + Populous in Joint Venture


The transformed Margaret Court Arena features an additional 1,500 seats, the world’s fastest retractable roof, a new facade and a fully enclosed concourse area that enjoys spectacular outlooks to the river, parks and the Melbourne city skyline.
The venue has proven to be a truly multi-purpose facility with the flexibility to host global sporting events, premier concerts and public events. The redevelopment creates a new landmark for Melbourne Park that belongs to the legacy of civic buildings dotted along the Yarra Corridor, from the Olympic Swimming Pool and the Myer Music Bowl, to the Arts Centre and Federation Square.

Key Features


Margaret Court Arena features the most technologically advanced operable roof in the world.

The new Margaret Court Arena includes an innovative retractable roof which is capable of opening in less than five minutes making it the fastest closing roof in the world and enabling Margaret Court to become a functional all-weather venue for year round events.
The pleated nature of the roof reduces its structural depth, reducing the visual bulk of the building and allowing it to sit comfortably alongside the existing Rod Laver Arena while still maintaining the high ceiling requirements of the Australian Open.


A multi-purpose facility for music, sport and public events.

Although the primary impetus for the redevelopment of Margaret Court Arena was the desire to maintain the Australian Open at the forefront of World Tennis, by challenging the language of traditional sports architecture and acknowledging the use of the building for premium entertainment events, the venue has proven to be a truly multi-purpose facility. Its flexibility allows the venue to successfully host local and global sporting events as well as a range of premier concerts & public events.


LEED Gold certified.

Margaret Court Arena is the first LEED Gold accredited sports and entertainment arena in Australia, setting a new standard for sustainability for sports venues throughout Australia. In a continent where water consumption is of utmost importance, the project has adopted sustainable strategies to reduce potable water consumption, as well as strategies to reduce fossil-fuel based energy consumption, incorporate locally sourced construction material and transform Margaret Court Arena from a facility that was normally only utilised for a few weeks during Australia’s summer months to a year-round, multi-purpose revenue generating venue.


Improved concourse connectivity to Rod Laver Arena.

A feature of the development was the integration of the Margaret Court and Rod Laver Arenas creating a larger public space between the two to improve concourse connectivity and connect the interior spaces to the surrounding external precinct. At the same time acoustic separation was required to allowing independent events to occur simultaneously. In recognition of Rod Laver Arena’s green tennis court surface, during the early Australian Opens of the 1980s and 90s a corresponding colour was applied at the intersection of these Arenas.


Encourages pedestrian permeability and activity between the city, Birrarung Mar, Melbourne Park and the Yarra River.

Melbourne and Olympic Park is one of the city’s preeminent tourist destinations, attracting national and international visitors for the Australian Open and a range of concerts and public events. Responding to its prominent river edge location, the Arena has been wrapped in a transparent outer skin of the building revealing the interior to a wider Melbourne audience and connecting directly with the material quality of the surrounding natural environment. The timber clad interior circumnavigates the arena to become an active participant in the precinct.

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