Melbourne's Exhibition Centre, designed by Denton Corker Marshall in the early 90s, is about to have a large shopping centre/cocktail lounge land on its front lawn. The buildings shown in today's newspapers (print editions) cram up against the Polly Woodside Maritime museum.
The Herald Sun says that the, "fan shaped convention centre will... feature... a foyer able to host up to 11,000 guests for cocktail functions." The developement, which will also contain lots and lots of shops (more than Southgate), and a 50,000 sqm homemaker centre.
This giant shopping and convention centre will be constructed by Multiplex, and will be funded to the tune of $370M by the State Government.
The Government architect, John Denton (also a director of Denton Corker Marshall), has been asked to, "ensure the state-of-the-art design is delivered properly." Which he'll presumably have to do without cringing.
The development is seen by Bracks as 'linking' Southbank to Docklands.
The new centre is part of a public-private partnership project that will complete the urban renewal of the Yarra Rivers edge linking Southbank to Docklands and creating a commercial and lifestyle district down the rivers spine to the bays edge and port districts.
There is a link at the moment, but one has to cross the MEC gardens. After the convention centre fills this 'gap' there will be continuous commercialism from Princes bridge through to the Mirvac docklands precinct.
No mention anywhere about who the architects are in the news, but according to web forums like this one
, Woods Bagot are involved.
THE AGE 23.02.06
MAJOR PROJECTS MEDIA RELEASE 22.02.06