National Tennis Centre

Jackson Architecture was commissioned by Melbourne Olympic Parks Trust to design the National Tennis Centre at Melbourne Park. Just a short distance from iconic venues such as Rod Laver Arena, the NTC reinforces the city’s connection to sport and demonstrates our ability to design a world-renowned high performance elite training centre.

The project’s success has much to do with the way planning and design has been able to connect the building and its complex ramp system to the parkland context through innovative planting and landscaping.

The car park is cleverly hidden behind lush green walls that create a green plinth from which the elegant building form rises.

Accessibility was prioritised in the design of the establishment; we incorporated a series of new pedestrian links, including a public plaza, walkways, bridges and ramps, to seamlessly connect the new facilities to the existing sports and entertainment venues located in the Melbourne and Olympic Parks precinct.

Located between Yarra Park, the famous MCG to the north (another Jackson Architecture project) and AAMI Park to the south, the building was imagined and now exists as a contemporary transparent pavilion in a parkland setting.

Jackson Architecture created an aesthetic response that is suitable to its purpose and enhances its surrounds.

Post occupation interviews, conducted by JA in 2016, indicate that the facility is highly regarded by its users including players and coaches on the elite international tennis circuit who practise there during the Australian Open, building management, wheelchair athletes, aspiring tennis players and the general public.

Inclusions

The Australian National Tennis Centre at Melbourne Park is a high performance elite training facility for tennis players. It consists of:

  • 8 indoor and 13 outdoor tennis courts;
  • Extensive player and coaching facilities including player lounge, gymnasium, assessment rooms and flexible lecture spaces / teaching rooms;
  • Swimming pool and recovery facilities;
  • Offices for coaches and associated administrative staff;
  • 1000 space public car park and separate bus parking area;
  • New east and west entrances to Hisense Arena; and
  • A series of new pedestrian links, including a public plaza, walkways, bridges and ramps, to seamlessly connect the new facilities to the existing sports and entertainment venues located in the Melbourne and Olympic Parks precinct.