THE AGE (MELBOURNE) TOP 100 MAGAZINE

‘Hamish Lyon, principal at NH Architecture has made it to the Top 100 list in the January 2010 issue of The Age’s (melbourne) magazine. He was nominated, along with Nik Karalis of Woods Bagot as a “visionary” of the year for his contribution to the design of the Melbourne Convention Centre.’

When Nik Karalis and Hamish Lyon started checking out overseas conventions centres to see what might be possible in Melbounre, they weren’t exactly inspired. Most, say Lyon, were “fairly anonymous, generic, bland buildings”. Their goal with the new Melbourne Convention Centre was pretty ambitious – “a cultural building Melbourneians would be proud of.” The $1.4-billion centre opened for business in June – and a bland shed it cirtainly isn’t. The rose pattern on the carpet is inspired by the blooms at Flemington; the bright orange was taken from the hulls on the ships that once docked near by; the tiles in the foyer are pixelated version on the Yarra’s tributaries.