Collection by Aaron Britt

Melbourne Convention Center

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One element of my tour of Melbourne that really surprised me was how much I liked the new Melbourne Convention Center by Hamish Lyon of NH Architecture and Nik Karalis of Woods Bagot.

Before meeting Lyon I stopped in for a light breakfast at Cumulus Inc., a nice little cafe with identity by Round, the design firm that incidentally designed a book, The Private Life of Public Architecture, that documents the construction of the Convention Center. We chatted in his Flinders Lane offices before I went to the tour of the new Docklands facility, and we discussed his vision for the building, the origins of its "pineapple wall," how it managed to win a six out of six stars in the Green Building Council of Australia's Green Star rating system, and why convention centers are usually so unutterably lousy. Check out the slideshow for a great view of the new Convention Center (it's only opened this year) and to see what Lyon has to say about the project.

I think the most important thing architect Hamish Lyon told me about the new Melbourne Convention Center was that he...
Viewed from high above, you can see how the Convention Center (black roof) sits nestled between Melbourne Exhibition...
Melbourne Convention Centre Location: Melbourne Australia Architects: NH Architecture & Woods Bagot Description: 5500...
Melbourne Convention Centre Location: Melbourne Australia Architects: NH Architecture & Woods Bagot Description: 5500...
Here's another view of the pineapple wall on the interior of the building.
Melbourne Convention Centre Location: Melbourne Australia Architects: NH Architecture & Woods...
Another design feature of the building that I like, perhaps more in theory than in practice, is that the patterns on...
Melbourne Convention Centre Location: Melbourne Australia Architects: NH Architecture & Woods...
Here is Plenary Hall totally opened up. There are a pair of huge, retractable, sound-proof panels that can come out...
Here's a quick peek at one of the corridors, up one level and inside the pineapple wall.
If the Melbourne Convention Center is to truly integrate into the architectural life of the city, it's certainly...
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