Melbourne Recital Hall

Project Client

Bovis Lend Lease

The Melbourne Recital Centre is Melbourne’s second largest auditorium for classical music. Developed by Bovis Lend Lease and designed by Ashton Raggatt McDougall, this beautifully crafted development is one of a kind, reflecting both a passion for music and design through construction.

It was opened in 2009, as part of the Melbourne Recital Centre and MTC Theatre complex, and is located on the corner of Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street in the Melbourne Arts Precinct, Southbank.

The vision for Elisabeth Murdoch Hall was developed in 2005 with the completion of the Recital Hall Brief which was informed by extensive industry consultation. The design team, led by Melbourne-based architect, Ian McDougall of Ashton Raggatt (ARM) and UK- Based Acoustic engineer, Raf Orlowski or Arup Acoustics, have designed a Hall that delivers the visions and aspirations of the Recital Hall Brief.

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall is a modified shoebox shaped hall based on the classic proportions of the Vienna Musikvereissaal. The auditorium has a raked stalls level, a single rear circle and unique, split level side circle wings.