Redeveloping the gateway to the Melbourne Arts Precinct
At Arts Centre Melbourne, we bring people together for remarkable experiences.
We’re proud to be the gateway to the thriving Melbourne Arts Precinct, home to one of the largest concentrations of cultural and creative organisations, practitioners and institutions in the world.
Together with the Victorian Government, we’re Reimagining Arts Centre Melbourne as a key part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to the Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation – a city-changing project that will cement Melbourne’s unique positioning as Australia’s cultural and creative capital.
We’re committed to the future of the precinct by:
Our vision is to:
We’re working with Melbourne’s NH Architecture and Norway’s Snøhetta to revitalise our Theatres Building, which houses the State Theatre, Playhouse and Fairfax Studio.
This work will be the first major upgrade since the building opened in 1984. While respecting the original heritage architecture of Sir Roy Grounds and interiors of acclaimed designer John Truscott, the upgrades will improve the experience for audiences, artists and production technicians, including:
As of 2019, our iconic building is well over 30 years old and much of the behind-the-scenes infrastructure that supports the magic onstage no longer meets contemporary standards.
As part of the Victorian Government’s $40 million investment for infrastructure upgrades we’re now in the final stages of choosing a new flying system, which will require the State Theatre to close between October 2020 and April 2021.
This critical piece of infrastructure literally stores large props, material and set pieces above the stage, allowing it to be flown in and out as scenes change. It’s also essential to the staging of 200 State Theatre performances annually.
We’re working with our incredible Resident Companies and partners to ensure we can continue to deliver remarkable experiences in this stunning heritage theatre for many years to come.
The arts encourages creativity, critical thinking and artistic expression. We will:
Diversity and inclusion enriches us all. A reimagined Arts Centre Melbourne will offer:
To complement our existing facilities of Hamer Hall, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and the Theatres Building, we’re creating Arts Centre Melbourne’s fourth campus at the adjacent 1 City Road site. It will be a creative hub that features:
Australian architecture practice HASSELL in association with US architects SO-IL were announced in February 2019 as the team to design the public realm: 18,000 square metres of new and renewed pedestrian space that better connects the precinct’s many cultural institutions. The design offers: