Henkell Family Fund


Melbourne Recital Centre

The Melbourne Recital Centre has won the National Award for Public Buildings at the 2009 Property Council of Australia Rider Levett Bucknall Awards for Innovation and Excellence.
The development was a clear standout amongst category finalists at the gala event held at Sydney’s Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Property Council of Australia National President Daniel Grollo said "the Melbourne Recital Centre is an internationally acclaimed performance venue, recognised for its architecture and state of the art acoustics".

"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," Mr Grollo said "This world class venue opened its doors in February this year and was delivered three months ahead of schedule, allowing tenants more time to prepare for an intense 2009 performance program."

"The Melbourne Recital Centre more than satisfies the needs of its audience, through state of the art facilities spanning 4,000 square metres, while incorporating the very latest in stage technology and performer amenities," Mr Grollo said.

The Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Theatre Project also won the Victorian Architecture Medal, the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture and the Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design at the Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Architecture Awards.

At the ceremony held in Melbourne on Friday 10 July 2009 the Judges commented: "This project offers a significant architectural experience that successfully crosses design boundaries, having achieved accolades in the diverse categories of urban, interior and architectural excellence".

Professor Philip Goad encouraged Victorians to visit the Melbourne Recital Centre: "Most people really ought to make a visit to the Recital Centre, they will be amazed at the interior, which is like a beautiful violin".

Cultural Support

Abbotsford Convent
Australian Bach Society
Australian International Opera Awards
Australian National Academy Of Music
Australian Youth Orchestra
Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust
Lieder Society of Victoria
Lyric Opera
Melbourne Bach Choir
Melbourne Opera Company
Melbourne Recital Centre
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Mietta Song Award
More Than Opera Ltd.
MTO German-Australian Opera Grant
Opera Australia
Opera Foundation Australia
Opera Scholars Australia
Opera Studio Melbourne
Opera Society
Orchestra Victoria
Royal Melbourne Philharmonic
The Arts Centre
The Wagner Society
Victorian Opera
3MBS (Classic Radio)

German Australian Community Support

Deutsche Schule Melbourne
German-Australian Welfare Society
German Lutheran Trinity Church

Hardship Relief

CanTeen (Supporting Young People Living with Cancer)
Martin Luther Homes (Aged Care)
Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne
Tabulam & Templer Homes (Aged Care)
The Lost Dogs' Home
Very Special Kids