Briefed to seat approximately 140 people and to include a workshop and stage/catwalk, the Community Hall takes the form of a circle – a symbol of gathering since ancient times. The structure is simultaneously diverse and cohesive, embracing multiple ideas to create an eclectic collection of forms, colours and textures, creating a contemporary symbol of Melbourne’s diverse and multifaceted culture.
The mirrored concertina outer skin refers to creating an inclusive Melbourne. The many colours of the panels allude to the multi-cultural composition which now makes up Melbourne’s population. The onlooker, seeing their own reflection in many colours is invited to open their minds to the many facets of Melbourne ‘Now’ and consider what they contribute to our great city. The colours also reflect the variety that is Melbourne. A city which is ordered yet vibrant; a city coming of age, and yet can boast the ‘best’ of so many things like being ‘the world’s most liveable city’. A city which never ceases to surprise.