The two buildings have been designed to have separate but complimentary identities, together creating a distinctive new civic space.
The Recital Centre complex has been designed primarily as a chamber music venue with the main hall seating 1000 music lovers and a smaller salon space for pre-concert talks and experimental chamber music seating up to 150 patrons.
The new drama theatre, which will be the permanent home for the Melbourne Theatre Company, is a 500 seat, single tier, proscenium arch theatre which includes a full fly tower and backstage accommodation for actors and technical staff.
Both buildings are state-of-the-art facilities incorporating the very latest in stage technology and performer amenity. They have been designed as neighbours in a vitalised street. The café and restaurant facilities in each, box office and performance activity with ancillary educational activities will make this a place that is active day and night. The design ensures that both theatre and recital hall are part of the street this is not an arts fortress, but made of shopfronts, engaging with the passersby. They are civic buildings of the highest order, establishing the missing heart of the Southbank Arts Precinct in Melbourne.