This is one of those buildings that becomes a work of art at night with all the lights going in all directions. It’s very clever having the circulation spaces next to the street with large windows, showing all the buzz and activity happening inside when there is an event – bringing all its internal life to the outside.

The recital halls are also great as they are so full of details and textures that it makes you look at the entire space, including the ceiling, which let’s face it, you don’t normally do. Fantastic.

Melbourne Recital Centre

From the Architects: The site of the Melbourne Theatre Company and   Melbourne Recital Centre is the heart of   Melbourne’s arts precinct. The addition of two   striking facilities on Southbank Boulevard fills   the long term gap in the performing arts   accommodation in Victoria for contemporary   theatre and acoustic music. Their presence   creates a bridge between the Victorian Arts   Centre, the NGV and Federation Square on the   river and the Malthouse and ACCA to the south on   Sturt Street, finally integrating Melbourne’s   premier arts precinct.

The new home for the MTC is a 500 seat drama   theatre, equipped with the latest theatre technology and full back stage facilities   designed to provide the highest level of amenity   for the players and crew. The Sumner Theatre is a   single rake house without balcony, providing the   very best sight lines to the stage. The stage, fly and wing configuration make this one of the   best drama facilities in the world. In addition, there is the Lawler Studio; a full rehearsal hall, capable of being used for functions and   small performances seating up to 150 patrons. At   front of house are Script bistro, patron lounges   and bars.

Viewed at night the exterior of the building is a mesmerizing matrix of glowing tubes, hovering   around the black box of the building, reminiscent   of the tubing on the Arts Centre spire, but more   graphic, like an illusionistic painting, blurring   two dimensional and three dimensional perception.  Our design direction has been to draw on the   shared traditions of spatial ambiguity that are imbedded in the histories of both architecture   and the theatre. The building inside is   energetic, with the texture and reminiscences of   the history of those who have been a part of the   MTC.

Architect: Ashton Raggatt McDougall (ARM)
Ashton Raggatt McDougall
projects.htmlClient: Major Projects Victoria/The University of   Melbourne/Melbourne Theatre Company
Completion: 2008
Construction Value: $52.5M
Awards: AIA (National) Emil Sodersten Award for Interior Architecture, AIA (Vic Chapter) Victorian Architecture Medal William Wardell Award for Public Architecture Marion Mahony Award for Interior Architecture Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design
Photgraphy: Architects and Benjamin DJ Couldrey

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