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  • An architect's perspective on one of Melbourne's most surprising event spaces

    April 30, 2023

    CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park is anchored at the heart of Melbourne’s sporting and entertainment precinct, and yet architecturally it brings something entirely unique to the space. Designed by NH Architecture, the building holds a commanding presence in amongst the courts, arenas and parkland that surrounds it.

    The venue is known as Melbourne’s most surprising events space, thanks to its flexible and diverse spaces that suit a variety of event types. Adorned on the outside with concrete, metal panels and glass, on the inside, CENTREPIECE can be transformed to host a multitude of events.

    As Hamish Lyon, Director of Architecture and Design at NH Architecture shares; “it’s a building that has many lives, which as architects is challenging but fun. Building something with that complexity…at a design level is very interesting”.

    “We have been the master plan architects for Melbourne Park since 2012. So we’ve had the fortune, privilege and benefit of being part of something which to me, as a Melbournian, is very important to my lifestyle”.



    Delivered through the Victorian Government’s near-$1 billion Melbourne Park Redevelopment, it’s a project that has spanned over 10 years, creating a plan for Melbourne Park that positions the precinct as a world leader in design for sporting and entertainment events.

    “Everyone involved with the Melbourne Park Redevelopment was committed to make Melbourne Park the global benchmark in every level – in terms of sustainability, best practice for Grand Slam tournaments, best practice for concerts but alongside that, best practice for universal design”, shares Hamish.

    Architecturally, CENTREPIECE marries accessibility and user experience with elegance and poise. It’s this combination of practical useability and exciting glamour that cements CENTREPIECE as Melbourne’s most recent architectural triumph.



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