ashton raggatt mcdougall: melbourne recital centre & MTC theatre
 
ashton raggatt mcdougall: melbourne recital centre & MTC theatre ashton raggatt mcdougall: melbourne recital centre & MTC theatre
sep 15, 2009

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

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.

http://www.a-r-m.com.au http://www.melbournerecital.com.au http://www.mtc.com.aumelbourne theatre company by ashton raggatt mcdougall copyright major projects victoria / peter glenane photography

melbourne theatre company by ashton raggatt mcdougall copyright major projects victoria / peter glenane photography

melbourne theatre company by ashton raggatt mcdougall copyright major projects victoria / peter glenane photography

melbourne theatre company by ashton raggatt mcdougall copyright major projects victoria / peter glenane photography

melbourne theatre company by ashton raggatt mcdougall copyright major projects victoria / peter glenane photography

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

peter bickle senior associate architect ashton raggatt mcdougall image © designboom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • A bit neo kitsh. Something baroque. It’s like having to much ideas. I think there’s a missing link.

    But i’t already done so i’m irrelevant!

    Poetti says:
  • I think you should respect the work of others !

    Yuki says:
  • Good remarks, Poetti. I think it’s rather ugly, so many shapes and variations…

    MJW says:
  • it´s a shame how contemporary architects try to call the atention of the world through the excess of ornaments. It´s the stars system´s fever.

    luis alfonso says:
  • i agree with the opinion that it’s a bit kitshy. it’s too much spectacular and inconsistent.

    iMagot says:
  • This is one of the most impressive pieces of architecture to date. In day, is breathtakingly sweet to approach, at night, so beautiful.
    Thank goodness people continue to push conventional design!

    GG says:
  • Why are people afraid of ornamentation?

    ms squiggly says:
  • @ms squiggly: I’m totally not afraid of ornamentation 🙂 For me, it’s not the problem in this design. It is the way the ornamentation is done. Too kitsch due to the choice for so many styles, materials, colours and details. I wonder why, because the real show and theater takes place inside, but probably the architects were a bit jealous and stole the show.

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