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97/123/1 Model, architectural, Sydney Olympic Stadium, Philip Cox Richardson Taylor in association with Peddle Thorp Connell Wagner, for the Sydney Olympics 2000 Bid Ltd, Sydney, 1992.. Click to enlarge.

Model, architectural, Sydney Olympic Stadium, Philip Cox Richardson Taylor in association with Peddle Thorp Connell Wagner, for the Sydney Olympics 2000 Bid Ltd, Sydney, 1992.

Made in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1992.

The Olympic Park site now features a new suburb of over 1,000 residences as well as a new railway line and station, Showground, Olympic sports venues and parklands. With a professional design content even more pervasive than that employed in the development of Canberra, this is one of Australia’s most significant and ambitious urban developments. The project is also notable as an exception to the introverted economic and political climate of the late-1990s - both the NSW and Australian governmen...

Summary

Object No.

97/123/1

Object Statement

Model, architectural, Sydney Olympic Stadium, Philip Cox Richardson Taylor in association with Peddle Thorp Connell Wagner, for the Sydney Olympics 2000 Bid Ltd, Sydney, 1992.

Physical Description

Model, architectural, Sydney Olympic Stadium, Philip Cox Richardson Taylor in association with Peddle Thorp Connell Wagner, for the Sydney Olympics 2000 Bid Ltd, Sydney, 1992

Dimensions

Height

305 mm

Width

1026 mm

Depth

1026 mm

Production

Notes

The architects commissioned for this stadium design were Philip Cox Richardson Taylor in association with Peddle Thorp Connell Wagner. Further engineering, structural and design input came from Public Works Department, Civil and Civic and Barry Webb & Associates.

This main stadium design has been replaced with a design by Brisbane's Bligh Voller Architects in association with London's Lobb Partnership. This change resulted from financial constraints rather than design issues. Like the Olympic Village, the Olympic Stadium presented the NSW Government with the problem of doubtful financial viability at the conclusion of the 2000 Games. The Olympics demand a main stadium with seating for at least 80,000 spectators, yet very few Sydney sporting events attract an audience approaching that size. The existing 40,000 seat Football Stadium is rarely sold out more that three times a year. With this in mind, the Government sought tenders from consortiums prepared to finance the Stadium primarily from private sources.

Featuring 80,000 seats plus 30,000 temporary seats for the Games, the Bligh/Lobb design won the commission largely on the basis of its financing via the sale of stadium memberships. However, the memberships - priced at $10,000 per seat - have sold so slowly that the sales deadline has been twice extended, and memberships will be offered to corporations as well as individuals. This reflects not disinterest in the Games but uncertainty as to the longer term use of the stadium, as well as the comparatively small size of Sydney sporting crowds. Michael Knight, the Olympics Minister, recently conceded that the Stadium consortium could be financially embarrassed: 'We hope they do well, but eventually it's a risk to be borne by the private sector'. [Sydney Morning Herald, 23 January, 1997, p.4].

Construction began on the Stadium in September 1996 and completion is scheduled for March 1999.

The model maker is not known.

Charles Pickett, curator

Made

1992

History

Notes

The model was made in 1992 and displayed in the offices of the Sydney Olympics 2000 Bid. From 1994 to 1996 it was displayed in the SOCOG offices.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG)

Acquisition Date

6 May 1997

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Model, architectural, Sydney Olympic Stadium, Philip Cox Richardson Taylor in association with Peddle Thorp Connell Wagner, for the Sydney Olympics 2000 Bid Ltd, Sydney, 1992. 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 22 February 2019, <https://ma.as/155304>

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