Located at Southbank, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is part of an AUD 1 billion integrated mixed-use development that includes the Hilton Hotel South Wharf, designed by Woods Bagot and NH Architecture
The triangular form of the building relates to its site, a key focal point for Melbourne’s urban axis that runs through the Central Business District, Docklands and the Yarra River.
At the very core of the Value Proposition is to design a building that evokes the human artistic spirit and reflects the city that it occupies, both from an urban and interior perspective. The aspiration was to elevate the status of the convention centre as a pivotal piece of architecture that celebrates the congregation of great minds around specific facets of human endeavour. Whilst the virtual world of the internet is a dominating force the assembly of human social interaction is a counterbalance and an art form in itself. Indirectly the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is a museum of human interface, located at a fulcrum in the City of Melbourne, adjoining the Yarra River and next to both the newly emerging Docklands and Central Business District. The Convention Centre is a city within a city - formally a triangular shaped derived from these axial connections and fused to a square shaped object that contains the regular shaped Banquet Hall.
The main foyer is a focal point for public gathering, with a grand volume opening directly onto the Yarra River via a shimmering glass wall that exposes the activity and life of the centre.
In addition, a series of foyers, meeting rooms and a banquet hall were designed to reflect different aspects of Melbourne: civic spaces were inspired by the maritime precinct, hospitality spaces relate to Melbourne’s sport and culture, and functional spaces are neutral to reflect the Central Business District.