Hamer Hall, Melbourne

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Hamer Hall
Hamer Hall, The Arts Centre
Hamer Hall interior pano.jpg
Interior from back of the stage
Former namesMelbourne Concert Hall
General information
TypeConcert Hall
LocationSouthbank, Victoria
Coordinates37°49′13″S 144°58′6″E / 37.82028°S 144.96833°E / -37.82028; 144.96833Coordinates: 37°49′13″S 144°58′6″E / 37.82028°S 144.96833°E / -37.82028; 144.96833
Construction started1973
Completed1982
OwnerVictorian Arts Centre Trust
Dimensions
Other dimensions2,466 seat concert hall
Design and construction
ArchitectRoy Grounds and Company
Other designersJohn Truscott

Hamer Hall (formerly the Melbourne Concert Hall) is a 2,466 seat concert hall, the largest venue in the Arts Centre complex, used for orchestra and contemporary music performances. It was opened in 1982 and was later renamed Hamer Hall in honour of Sir Rupert Hamer (the 39th Premier of Victoria) shortly after his death in 2004.

2010 redevelopment[edit]

Construction on the A$128.5 million redevelopment of Hamer Hall was due to begin in 2010. The venue's redevelopment is the first stage of the Southbank Cultural Precinct Redevelopment and will be delivered through an alliance between Arts Victoria, Major Projects Victoria, the Arts Centre, Ashton Raggatt McDougall and Baulderstone. The redevelopment included a new outlook to the city and new connections to central Melbourne, St Kilda Road and the Yarra River, new and expanded foyer spaces, improved amenities, new stairs, improved disability access, escalators and lifts as well as improved acoustics, new auditorium seating and staging systems.[1]

The Hall was re-opened on 26 July 2012 with a Hamer Hall Opening Concert, featuring Caroline O’Connor [2], k.d. lang, Eddie Perfect and Lior with live orchestra.

See also[edit]

  • Donald Laycock, Australian artist who painted the interior of Hamer Hall

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arts Centre Melbourne website.
  2. ^ (26 July 2012). Caroline O’Connor – Official Opening, Hamer Hall, Melbourne, YouTube. (Melbourne, Australia)