Melbourne Recital Centre
31 Sturt Street, Southbank 3006.
- Built in 2009.
- Designed by Ian McDougall of Ashton Raggatt McDougall.
- Contains a 1000-seat music hall.
- Not listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
The Melbourne Recital Centre opened in 2009 and was designed to provide optimal performance and acoustics for chamber music.
The central feature of the building is the shoebox-shaped Elisabeth Murdoch Hall which is lined with hoop-pine plywood and features four large wooden chandeliers. The stage is 135 m2 and will comfortably accommodate 45 musicians. To eliminate noise from passing cars and trams, the building is surrounded by 250mm of concrete, mounted on 38 steel springs.
The exterior of this block-shaped building is dominated by a massive window that spans four storeys and is composed of smaller components that approximate a honeycomb in appearance. Textured concrete has been used to decorate the hard exterior surfaces.
The Melbourne Recital Centre cost $128 million to build and has been awarded several prizes by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, including the Victorian Architecture Medal and the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture.