Officially opened in 1959 by Prime Minister Robert Menzies, The Sidney Myer Music Bowl was built to a be a world-class open-air concert venue that would stand the test of time.

As a testament to our great engineering history, it was Irwinconsult’s namesake Bill Irwin and Roy Johnston, a skilled mathematician and engineer, who provided the structural engineering for the project and pioneering a number of new techniques to create this iconic structure. Incorporating a revolutionary tensile structure, the Bowl is said to have later influenced the work of Frei Otto in his design for the 1972 Olympic Park and the West German Pavilion for the 1967 World Fair in Montreal.

The Bowl is now registered on the Victorian Heritage list, recognised for its internationally significant cultural, engineering experimentation and architectural importance, standing as a true testament to ingenuity and innovation.


Awards | 2009 RAIA 25 year award for Enduring Architecture


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