CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park – located in the heart of Melbourne city and the surrounding premier events precinct – has revealed insights into the venue’s design by renowned contemporary Melbourne-based architects NH Architecture.

Perfectly located adjacent to the CBD and adjacent parklands, and interconnected by walking path, rail, road and river, the new venue has been designed with Melbourne at its core – from its people and culture to its diverse entertainment capabilities.

The building’s expansive windows and outdoor terraces bring the outside in – creating a seamless pairing between its civic design and homage to Australia’s native landscape.

Hamish Lyon

Design Lead and NH Architecture Director

Design Lead and NH Architecture Director Hamish Lyon said, “CENTREPIECE celebrates all that we love about our city and truly captures ‘Melbourness’ at its most marvellous – including its community, people and culture. Every touch point has been designed with keeping guests connected to the city, whether it’s a large-scale function, gala or intimate sit-down lunch – there is a physical or emotive link ineach room and space.”

“For example, we incorporated skylights into the pre-function area to bathe the room in daylight, built-in large floor-to-ceiling windows, and have also included direct access to the terrace from the function room, so that guests can enjoy unparalleled views of Melbourne’s city skyline. These elements are considered features for guests whose events last the whole day. It allows them to appreciate and understand the movement from the morning to evening.”

NH Architecture was selected to design CENTREPIECE as part of the precinct’s third and final stage of its $972 million redevelopment. With a reputation second-to-none, the firm has proudly worked on iconic Melbourne-based projects, including the Arts Centre Melbourne, MYER and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s expansion project.

As part of the design process, NH Architecture embarked on a world tour to research venue leaders across the sporting, entertainment and events spaces.


The design team was also challenged with the ambitious goal of creating the ultimate flexible event space – helping the venue transform from a dynamic events centre hosting corporate functions, weddings and conferences to a sophisticated media centre broadcasting the Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam.

In response to its adaptability, Jan Vastesaeger, Senior Associateof NH Architecture said, “The flexibility and the double nature of the building operationally means there is a higher degree of interconnectivity and pathways that exist. Another key aspect of the development that the general public wouldn’t necessarily see is CENTREPIECE’s logistics and back-of-house infrastructure.”

“It was a major part of the puzzle to resolve – how the venue connects and supports its surrounding venues and facilities at its lower levels to become the central beating heart for the precinct.”