Home > Stories > Behind the scenes of the magnificent The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall

Behind the scenes of the magnificent The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall

27 July 2020

The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall is one of Melbourne’s iconic buildings – and for the first time ever, we’re taking you behind the scenes with lead architect Ruth Wilson and associate Simon Farr. 

Come up close to marvel at the meticulous detailing of the iron-and-glass fishscale roof. Find out how smoke detectors are cleverly concealed in the heritage design and how decades of dodgy paint jobs were painstakingly removed to reveal the human touch of the past. 

From their unique perspective, Ruth and Simon reflect on the surprises, highlights and wonderfully curly engineering problems the redevelopment presented.

The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall reopened to the public on 5 December 2019, after a 16-year closure. Its redevelopment was made possible by a $10 million donation from the Ian Potter Foundation.

In consultation with Heritage Victoria and under the guidance of Andronas Conservation Architecture, designers Architectus and Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects sought to reveal the raw beauty and authenticity of the hall’s original design. Their vision has been brought to life by one of Australia’s largest private construction groups with extensive experience in complex heritage refurbishment, Built.

Thanks to Ruth Wilson and Simon Farr for being part of this film, which also features stills photography courtesy of Peter Casamento and Patrick Rodriguez.

Let us know

Did you enjoy this video?

Please fill out a two-minute survey to help us continue delivering high-quality programs made just for you.

More to explore