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This conservatorium will celebrate the activities of music rehearsal and practice – it will be the green room of Melbourne's arts precinct.

Outwardly focused and inviting, the building aims to balance the singular concentration required of students with the camaraderie of engaging with others. The building makes a place to rub shoulders with fellow music students, and the artistic milieu of the wider campus and precinct.

Multiple vantage points in the new conservatorium allow for appreciating the inner workings of music education. The learning and rehearsal spaces, both small and large, are interspersed with bell-shaped portholes, hinged panels and disguised windows that generously exhibit the activity within. A large oculus window into the ground floor orchestral rehearsal space unlocks the traditional vault of music education to reveal its inner realm.

  • Client University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts
  • Location Southbank, Melbourne
  • Project Duration 2015 – 2018
  • Floor Levels 8
  • Floor Area 6,550 sqm
  • Sustainability 5 Star Green Star Design and As-Built v1.1




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