The redevelopment of the acoustics, seating, stage technology and back of house facilities create a more outward-facing venue that integrates new public spaces with the riverside to make it more accessible and inviting to the public. The project connects Hamer Hall with the Yarra River and the City – a new terrace over the Riverbank Promenade features a ‘civic stair’ from the River to St Kilda Road. The new Hall also includes a second entry that allows access directly from the Riverbank Promenade to the circle foyer with retail outlets along the riverfront, new and expanded foyer spaces, better amenities, new stairs, improved disability access, escalators and lifts.
Throughout the redevelopment we took great care to preserve many unique heritage aspects of the Hall, within both the foyers and the auditorium. Retaining as much as possible of John Truscott’s original interiors was a key consideration in planning the redevelopment. On the river edge, Hamer Hall has a completely new face. We have created a new terrace and podium, with a new riverside entry into Hamer Hall, as a counterpoint to Grounds’ archaic geometry. Its form was generated from our interest in dynamic and open‐ended spatial systems, made by carving, aligned with the original architectural concept of excavation.
Our makeover lets Hamer Hall emerge from its rebirth as a vibrant, polished jewel with a new sense of purpose and functionality that will see it serve music and performance well into the future.