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Arts Centre Melbourne Cafe

Commercial, Cultural & Civic, Hospitality

Arts Centre Melbourne Cafe

Stage

CURRENT
COMPLETE

The renewal of Arts Centre Melbourne’s café through a design competition breathes new life into the Theatre Buildings Forecourt.

The expression of interest, followed by two design stages seeks to deliver a new café experience that provides clear legibility and orientation at peak times, in a prominent Melbourne location.

The winner of this competition is Cumulus Studio with a proposal titled ‘Protagonist’, which looks at what lies behind the monolithic walls of the Arts Centre, aiming to create a destination that extends the arts-precinct experience into the city streets. The café allows for informal and variable use to extend into the Arts Centre forecourt. The café’s golden chainmail provides drama and a unique ambience, particularly when lit theatrically.

State

Victoria

Country

Wurundjeri Country

Client

Arts Centre Melbourne

Project type

EOI, DESIGN STAGE

Competition Winners

Cumulus Studio

Jury (titles at time of engagement)

David Islip

Principal Advisor, Office of Victorian Government Architect

Frank Bischoff

Director of Food & Beverage, Arts Centre Melbourne

Hamish Lyon

Director, NH Architecture

Kristen Eckhardt

Director of Marketing, Arts Centre Melbourne

Vanessa Bird

Director, Bird de la Coeur Architects

Awards

Commendation, Small Project Architecture, 2020 National Architecture Awards

Finalist, 2020 Victorian Premier's Design Awards

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