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Model, architectural, Gymnastics Coliseum, Lawrence Nield and Taylor Thompson Whitting, 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.

97/123/4

Object Statement

Model, architectural, Gymnastics Coliseum, Lawrence Nield and Taylor Thompson Whitting, for the Sydney Olympics 2000 Bid Ltd, Sydney, 1992.

Physical Description

Model, architectural, Gymnastics Coliseum, Lawrence Nield and Taylor Thompson Whitting, for the Sydney Olympics 2000 Bid Ltd, Sydney, 1992.Model of the Sydney Olympics Gymnastics Coliseum, as proposed for the successful 1993 bid for the 2000 Olympics. The model features the Coliseum with the roof sectioned to reveal the arena and seating, as well as landscaping and walkways. The model is protected by a clear acrylic cover. An acrylic plaque lists the designers and client.

Dimensions

Height

245 mm

Width

1115 mm

Depth

915 mm

Production

Notes

The architects commissioned for the Coliseum were Lawrence Nield & Partners in association with Taylor, Thompson Whitting.
As well as gymnastics, the Coliseum is designed to accommodate most indoor sports including volleyball, handball and basketball. To increase its economic viability, the building is also intended to function as a concert and entertainment venue. The building has been renamed the Multi-use Arena to draw attention to its flexibility.
The NSW Government also considered building the Coliseum in Liverpool or another part of Sydney to allay criticism of the concentration of new venues at Homebush. However the broadcaster NBC (winner of the US TV rights to the 2000 Games) and the International Olympic Committee lobbied successfully for its retention at Homebush (Sun-Herald, 26 May 1996, p.49). In late 1996 SOCOG invited tenders for the design of the Multi-use Arena.

The model was made by Modelcraft Pty Ltd.

Charles Pickett, curator.

History

Notes

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

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, Gymnastics Coliseum, Lawrence Nield and Taylor Thompson Whitting, for the Sydney Olympics 2000 Bid Ltd, Sydney, 1992. 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 January 2020, <https://ma.as/155313>

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