MCEC Stage One

NH Architecture, in joint venture with Woods Bagot, aimed to create a public building that belongs to Melbourne, rather than the typical convention centre stereotype, classically akin to a modified sports stadium.

The triangular design of the new Melbourne Convention Centre (MCEC) gives the cityscape a new feature on the banks of the Yarra River. The distinctive 18 metre high glass façade offers passers-by a glimpse into the activity within the centre and creates a foyer full of natural light, as well as offering views out across the Yarra River to the city beyond.

Southbank, Victoria
Project Partner
Woods Bagot
Traditional Country
Wurundjeri/Boon Wurrung
Peter Bennetts and Andrew Lloyd

The roof is a vast seamless expanse, its exciting geometry makes for spectacular angles and sweeping planes from any vantage point. The total area of the roof is 20,000m2, each side being 200m long.

Ultimately, the team has created an innovative and successful design solution which includes a deluxe hotel with restaurants and cafes, a banquet hall for up to 1,500 diners with a spacious pre-dinner cocktail balcony, 32 meeting rooms, and a ground foyer able to cater for 8,400 guests.

Floor to ceiling glass façade provides a window onto the city, and vice versa, the strong primary colours of the interior are visible from the exterior.


This Public Private Partnership project for the Victorian Government is the first convention centre in the world to be awarded a 6 Star Green Star environmental rating.