Latitude/Longitude: -37.8256, 144.954
The Melbourne Convention Centre and integrated Hilton Hotel, was designed by Joint Venture Architects Woods Bagot and NHArchitecture for the Plenary Group consortium.
Part of a AUD 1 billion integrated mixed–use development, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is pivotal to the evolving growth of the city. Strategically located in Southbank at the bend in the Yarra River, the development completes the vision for the precinct established 20 years ago.
Triangular shaped to reflect Melbourne’s three primary urban axis, the building through it’s shimmering northern glass wall publicly reveals the activity and life of the building inside.
At the hub is a large flexible multifunction Plenary Hall with seating for 5000 patrons. Fan-shaped in plan and column free, space can be subdivided into different sized rooms depending on the size or type of function.
Surrounding this hall is a 6500 m2 Main Foyer with integrated links to the existing Exhibition Centre. Through it’s grand use of volume and quality is a focal point for public gathering.
Other key features include:
– A Banquet Hall of 2500 m2 that can be subdivided
– 6500 m2 of meeting rooms with 10 m wide pre-function foyers working as further exhibition spaces when required.
– A 2400 m2 commercial kitchen serving both the Convention Centre and the Hotel.
The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre was awarded a 6 Star Green Star – Convention Centre Design PILOT Certified Rating, which recognized the project as a ‘World Leader’ in sustainable design.
This precinct development also includes Hilton South Wharf hotel, a 5 star rated 19 storey building with nominal 1600 m2 floor plates, comprising 364 rooms and 32 serviced apartments, with ground floor retail, an executive lounge and gym among many other world-class facilities.
Contributed by Woods Bagot Architects
⇒ Architecture Guide to MELBOURNE