Commercial, Cultural & Civic, Hospitality
Arts Centre Melbourne Cafe
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.
“‘Protagonist’ responds to the open public space of the Arts Centre forecourt, while providing a carefully tuned degree of enclosure, for both thermal comfort and to allow for a variable ambiance.”
Images: © Sean Fennessy
Arts Centre Melbourne
EOI, DESIGN STAGE
Jury (titles at time of engagement)
● Director of Food & Beverage, Arts Centre Melbourne
● Director, NH Architecture
● Director of Marketing, Arts Centre Melbourne