Melbourne’s New Events Venue CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park Unveils Design Inspiration

By Melbourne and Olympic Parks, 22 July, 2020


CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park – located in the heart of Melbourne city and the surrounding premier events precinct – has revealed insights into the venue’s design by renowned contemporary Melbourne-based architects NH Architecture.

Perfectly located adjacent to the CBD and adjacent parklands, and interconnected by walking path, rail, road and river, the new venue has been designed with Melbourne at its core – from its people and culture, to its diverse entertainment capabilities.

The building’s expansive windows and outdoor terraces bring the outside in – creating a seamless pairing between its civic design and homage to Australia’s native landscape. 

Design Lead and NH Architecture Director Hamish Lyon said, “CENTREPIECE celebrates all that we love about our city and truly captures ‘Melbourness’ at its most marvellous – including its community, people and culture. 

“Every touch point has been designed with keeping guests connected to the city, whether it’s a large-scale function, gala or intimate sit-down lunch – there is a physical or emotive link in each room and space.

“For example, we incorporated skylights into the pre-function area to bathe the room in daylight, built in large floor-to-ceiling windows, and have also included direct access to the terrace from the function room, so that guests can enjoy unparalleled views of Melbourne’s city skyline. These elements are considered features for guests whose events last the whole day. It allows them to appreciate and understand the movement from morning to evening.”

NH Architecture was selected to design CENTREPIECE as part of the precinct’s third and final stage of its $972 million redevelopment. With a reputation second-to-none, the firm has proudly worked on iconic Melbourne-based projects, including the Arts Centre Melbourne, MYER and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s expansion project.

As part of the design process, NH Architecture embarked on a world tour to research venue leaders across the sporting, entertainment and events spaces.

“We visited global cities including Barcelona, Seoul, Berlin, Dallas and London – and, to our surprise, found many convention and sporting centres were similar in look and feel. There was no major point of difference – they could have been almost anywhere in the world and didn’t celebrate the uniqueness their respective cities had to offer.

“When the venue is completed late next year, guests will see how the materials and colours chosen reflect Melbourne. For guests, it will feel more like a civic building, with a real sensation that you’re going somewhere special. Somewhere designed with a high-end quality finish and not just the standard function room or centre – and we’re very excited to see it all come to life,” said Lyon.

The design team was also challenged with the ambitious goal of creating the ultimate flexible event space – helping the venue transform from a dynamic events centre hosting corporate functions, weddings and conferences to a sophisticated media centre broadcasting the Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam.

In response to its adaptability, Jan Vastesaeger, Senior Associateof NH Architecture said, “The flexibility and the double nature of the building operationally means there is a higher degree of interconnectivity and pathways that exist. Another key aspect of the development that the general public wouldn’t necessarily see is CENTREPIECE’s logistics and back-of-house infrastructure.

“It was a major part of the puzzle to resolve – how the venue connects and supports its surrounding venues and facilities at its lower levels to become the central beating heart for the precinct.”

With bookings now open for next year, visit centrepiecemelbourne.com.au for more information or contact Lara Burnes [email protected] to enquire. See CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park’s video fly-through here or follow its journey on social media via Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn.

Source: Melbourne and Olympic Parks