Melbourne Arts Precinct Blueprint

role Design Advisory completion date 2015 client State Government of Victoria

The State Government of Victoria initiated the Melbourne Arts Precinct Blueprint with a $500,000 commitment to deliver a road map for the future development of the Arts Precinct. In November 2011 the Victorian Premier announced the appointment of Yvonne von Hartel AM Principal of peckvonhartel as Chair of the Working Group charged to prepare the Blueprint. 

The Blueprint is an opportunity to develop the Melbourne Arts Precinct into one of the worlds leading arts and cultural districts. The Blueprint for the Melbourne Arts Precinct maps out ways in which arts facilities, located in the area on the southern bank of the Yarra, can be enhanced to provide a lively, unique and specifically arts-focused environment. 

The precinct has the potential to be a vibrant and active place to be; a tourism destination, a cultural mecca, and an exciting place to live, work and play. 

The Blueprint builds on a foundation of studies, design concepts and planning strategies that have been undertaken in the last decade to realise a new direction for the precinct. Over the last three decades Melbourne has transformed into a vibrant and sophisticated city by embracing the river and nurturing the laneways and arcades that give the city its fine grain. 

The Melbourne Arts Precinct Blueprint was released in February 2014; its vision for an activated and integrated arts precinct brings together over two years of work led by Yvonne von Hartel AM. Through the Blueprint’s Architectural and Urban Design Frameworks the Blueprint describes how, by implementing a multitude of small projects, coupled with a number of Public and Strategic projects the area can be transformed into a vibrant art precinct serving and benefiting all Victorians. The Blueprint is yet another example of how peckvonhartel is involved in shaping our cities and contributing to the urban landscape on a significant scale.