Location Southbank, Melbourne VIC
Project Completion 2004
Project Size 3,000m2
Project Description Masterplan (2003): Inspired by Sir Roy Grounds’ original vision of a multi level precinct of podium buildings with landscaped spaces between, the proposed buildings in steel and glass disengage from the original heritage forms as crystalline ‘jewels’. New entrances, bars, an upgraded Café Vic and gallery animate the Pratt Gardens linked by a replaced footpath canopy. Its digital, graphic display orientates visitors and integrates the site. H2o worked closely with the Arts Centre stakeholders to deliver the Masterplan, giving us a detailed knowledge of the complex nature of the site, surrounds and its functions.
Completed Projects with Masterplan (2003-2006): Over the three years following completion of the Masterplan, a number of specialist cultural and hospitality and projects were designed within the Arts Centre Complex by H2o architects.
Cafe Vic is a sensitive contemporary upgrade of the original Truscott design restaurant managed by Epicure. The project was completed in 2003 and became a highly successful pre and post theatre venue.
Brunetti’s Forecourt Cafe was designed as a permanent roofed outdoor cafe and bar on Arts Centre Forecourt coupled with an ‘a la carte’ restaurant on the ground level of the Theatres Building. (Not constructed).
Melzac Court Landscaping and urban design proposal was completed by H2o in order to enliven the grounds to the south of the Theatres Building.