Melbourne Recital Centre

Melbourne Recital Centre
Melbourne Recital Centre

The Melbourne Recital Centre, part of the Melbourne Arts Precinct
Address Corner of Southbank Boulevard an Sturt Street
City Melbourne
Country Australia
Architect Ashton Raggatt McDougall
Owned by Melbourne Recital Centre Ltd. (Government of Victoria)
Capacity 1000 (Elizabeth Murdoch Hall)
Type Recital hall
Opened 2009

The Melbourne Recital Centre is Melbourne's second largest auditorium for classical music (after Hamer Hall in The Arts Centre). It was opened in 2009, as part of the Melbourne Recital Centre and MTC Theatre complex, and is located on the corner of Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street in the Melbourne Arts Precinct, Southbank.



The hall features two auditoriums, the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, and a smaller venue known as The Salon. The former, a "modified shoe box" shaped music venue, is named after Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, its principal patron. It has seating for 1000 on two levels and was designed by Ashton Raggat McDougall with acoustic consulting by Arup Acoustics.[1]

The 135 m2 (1,450 sq ft) stage, with optional 51 m2 (550 sq ft) extension is designed to accommodate up to 45 musicians, making it better suited to chamber music rather than an orchestra.[2] To eliminate noise from the nearby Southbank Boulevard cars and trams, it is surrounded by 250mm of concrete, mounted on 38 steel springs. The interior is lined with Hoop Pine plywood and is designed to give ideal bass response for cello and low brass.[2]

The Salon, a flexible venue intended for contemporary performances, can seat 132 people. The lighting, seating and stage can be reconfigured.

Building awards

The Melbourne Recital Centre and MTC Theatre complex won the Moore Stephens National Award for Public Buildings at the Property Council of Australia – the country's highest award for a public building.[1][3] The complex also won the Victorian Architecture Medal, the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture and the Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design at the Australian Institute of Architects State Architecture Awards in 2009.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c The Building – Melbourne Recital Centre website
  2. ^ a b Elizabeth Murdoch Hall technical specifications – Melbourne Recital Centre
  3. ^ Melbourne's arts precinct receives nation's highest honour – Building Product News (, 22 June 2009

External links

Coordinates: 37°49′27″S 144°58′04″E / 37.8241203°S 144.9678665°E / -37.8241203; 144.9678665

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