Water Dance

An Exhibition for Human Performance and Knowledge

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

The main purpose of constructing this building was to evoke the artistic spirit of the city it resides in and create a communal space for thought leaders to come together. Similarly, a new triangular addition was fused onto a square-shaped object that contains the original Banquet Hall. The main foyer is a focal point for public gathering en=cased in a glass wall that opens up to the Yarra River via that exposes the activity and life of the centre.

Project details

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.

Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
66,000 square meters
Completion Date
NH Architecture
Awards & Sustainability

6 Star Green Star

Interior Design Excellence Awards

  • Institutional winner
  • Highly commended, sustainable project

Australian Institute of Architects Awards

  • National Award for Public Architecture
  • Victorian Architecture Medal
  • William Wardell Award for Public Architecture
  • Sustainable Architecture Award
  • Steel Architecture Award
  • Melbourne Prize

Australian Construction Achievement Award (ACAA)

Interior Design Awards Australia

  • Best of State, Commercial Design
  • Public Design

Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA)

  • National Environmental Excellence Award
  • Victorian Environmental Excellence Award

Australian Property Institute

  • President’s Award

Australian Property Institute Excellence in Property Awards Investa Environmental Development Award

BPN Sustainability Award

Overall Winner

Banksia Award for Built Environment

IMEX Green Supplier Awards

  • Gold Award