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Hamer
Hall
ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE

Melbourne
Victoria AUS

   

 

Client: Major Projects Victoria, Victorian Arts Centre
Completion Due: 2012
Cost: $128.5M

2013 AIA (National)
Lachlan Macquarie Award - Heritage Architecture
National Award - interior architecture
National Commendation - Public Architecture
National Commendation - Urban Design

2013 AIA (Vic Chapter)
Marion Mahony Award - Interior Architecture
John George Knight Award - Heritage Architecture
PUBLIC ARCHITECTURE AWARD - ALTERATIONS & ADDITIONS

 

     

 



 


 

 

 

 

‘I loved this place before...
it’s even better now.’

k.d. lang
Canadian singer-songwriter

‘It’s our
newly polished
jewel!’

JANET WHITING
ARTS CENTRE TRUST PRESIDENT

 

 

 
             
 

The redevelopment of Hamer Hall in Melbourne activates a critical riverside connection for the City.

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.