Arts Centre Spire - Melbourne Arts
Arts Centre Spire
The Arts Centre is a
development in the Melbourne Arts Precinct
that is home to concert halls and theaters.
It is on the Victorian Heritage Register,
and it can be found in the inner portion of
Victoria’s Southbank. The Art Centre is
beside St. Kilda Road and the Yarra River.
The center was designed by architect Sir Roy
Burman Grounds, one of the chief proponents
of the modern movement in Australia.
Construction for the Arts Centre started in
The development was opened in phases.
In 1982, Hamer Hall opened, and in 1984, the
Theatres Building followed.
The Melbourne Theatre Company, the
Australian Ballet, the Melbourne Symphony
Orchestra and the Opera Australia regularly
perform in the Arts Centre. Several
international productions are also hosted
the Art Centre including the Royal
What is most unusual about the Arts Centre
is that the concert hall and the theaters
are underground. Hamer Hall was originally
designed to be an almost completely
subterranean structure so as not to
interfere with the dramatic view of the Arts
Centre spire, Flinders Street Station and
However, due to problems with the
foundations, the building had to be raised
three floors above ground.
Budget constraints also led to a shortened
un-clad version of Grounds’ Theatres
Eventually, this was replaced with
the magnificent towering un-clad spire that
stands proudly today.