melbourne recital centre and MTC theatre by ashton raggatt mcdougall copyright major projects victoria / peter glenane photography

the melbourne recital centre & MTC theatre are two of the most recent projects by the australian firm ashton raggatt mcdougall. while the buildings operate separately, they are connected together on the same block in the city’s arts district. on the left side is the melbourne theatre company and on the right is the melbourne recital centre.

the MTC theatre features a distinctive facade composed of white steel tubing arranged in geometric patterns that appears three-dimensional when viewed from the right angle. it was designed to look best at night and has a simple black and white colour palette accented with a vibrant red. inside the geometric pattern is continued through the lobby space. the theatre itself features perforated walls that are backlit to reveal a text motif.

the melbourne recital centre on the right is a larger building featuring a two level recital hall and a smaller performance space. the building’s façade is white with an inscribed cell-like pattern that is repeated in the honeycomb glass window. the exterior was also inspired by packaging design, drawing references to packing foam. the recital hall is stands out with its wood paneled wall and ceiling. the design was specifically engineered for the highest possible sound quality and still manages to display a macro wood grain pattern.

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ashton raggatt mcdougall: melbourne recital centre & MTC theatremelbourne theatre company by ashton raggatt mcdougall copyright major projects victoria / peter glenane photography

ashton raggatt mcdougall: melbourne recital centre & MTC theatremelbourne theatre company by ashton raggatt mcdougall copyright major projects victoria / peter glenane photography

ashton raggatt mcdougall: melbourne recital centre & MTC theatremelbourne theatre company by ashton raggatt mcdougall copyright major projects victoria / peter glenane photography

ashton raggatt mcdougall: melbourne recital centre & MTC theatremelbourne theatre company by ashton raggatt mcdougall copyright major projects victoria / peter glenane photography

ashton raggatt mcdougall: melbourne recital centre & MTC theatre melbourne recital centre and MTC theatre by ashton raggatt mcdougall copyright major projects victoria / peter glenane photography

ashton raggatt mcdougall: melbourne recital centre & MTC theatrepeter bickle senior associate architect ashton raggatt mcdougall image © designboom

ashton raggatt mcdougall: melbourne recital centre & MTC theatre melbourne recital centre and MTC theatre by ashton raggatt mcdougall copyright major projects victoria / peter glenane photography

ashton raggatt mcdougall: melbourne recital centre & MTC theatre melbourne recital centre by ashton raggatt mcdougall copyright major projects victoria / peter glenane photography

ashton raggatt mcdougall: melbourne recital centre & MTC theatre melbourne recital centre by ashton raggatt mcdougall copyright major projects victoria / peter glenane photography

ashton raggatt mcdougall: melbourne recital centre & MTC theatre melbourne recital centre by ashton raggatt mcdougall copyright major projects victoria / peter glenane photography

ashton raggatt mcdougall: melbourne recital centre & MTC theatre melbourne recital centre by ashton raggatt mcdougall copyright major projects victoria / peter glenane photography

ashton raggatt mcdougall: melbourne recital centre & MTC theatre melbourne recital centre by ashton raggatt mcdougall copyright major projects victoria / peter glenane photography

ashton raggatt mcdougall: melbourne recital centre & MTC theatre melbourne recital centre by ashton raggatt mcdougall copyright major projects victoria / peter glenane photography