Performing Arts Building - A new home for performing arts

The Performing Arts Building has received a significant makeover, delivering world-class acoustics, advances in design and theatre technology, and expanded space for teaching musical theatre.

The new Costume Workshops on level 3 of the Performing Arts Building.

With a refurbishment by Williams Ross Architects, the Southbank campus's Performing Arts Building now provides state-of-the-art facilities to undergraduate and graduate students so they can rehearse, perform, move, and design and make theatre settings and costumes in an outstanding and inspiring building.

Originally designed by Edmond and Corrigan, the Performing Arts Building is home to staff and students from myriad disciplines within the Faculty. The building has received a significant makeover to ensure its theatres, workshops rehearsal studios and design facilities create a hive of activity and satisfy the demands of its many clients.

The brief to Williams Ross was to create spaces with excellent acoustics that helped staff and students realise performances in an environment that matched their disciplines’ requirements.

The building now provides facilities to undergraduate and graduate students where they can rehearse, perform, move, and design and make theatre settings.

Feedback and Consultation

The Southbank Campus Redevelopment program has been undertaken in close collaboration with the Victorian State Government, our philanthropic partners, the University of Melbourne, Faculty staff and students, and our Southbank neighbours.

To discuss the project, ask questions or give feedback please contact our project team at


  • Williams Ross Architects (refurbishment)
  • Edmond and Corrigan (original architects)


  • Construction commenced 2016
  • Completion early 2017