Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre / Woods Bagot

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Architects: Woods Bagot
Location: Melbourne,
Leadership Team: Nik Karalis, Rodger Dalling, Ivan Kokrhelj, Peter Korkolis, Gordana Ticak, Bruno Mendes
Design Partner: NHArchitecture
Area: 66,000 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Woods Bagot

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Located at Southbank, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is part of a $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.

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At its core is the 5000-seat Plenary Hall, conceived as a building within a building. This fan-shaped auditorium can be divided into three separate stages and is clad in timber, reflecting the textural qualities of the location’s maritime history.

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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.

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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.

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Cite: "Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre / Woods Bagot" 12 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 Sep 2014. <>


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    this is an ordinary project. aligns well with the designs produced by this company…..lacks connection with the city and tries very hard to impress and ultimately fails

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