The Round

BKK Architects and Kerstin Thompson Architects

The Round is a new hub for performing arts and culture in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

Designed by BKK and Kerstin Thompson Architects in collaboration, the spaces are hardworking and flexible, it has a 620-seat proscenium arch theatre, a black-box studio theatre opening onto a generous landscaped lawn, function rooms, creative studios and administration offices.

It hosts performances, events and conferences, and welcomes local community and business groups, artists, school groups, performers and audiences. It caters for professional-standard artists as well as community ones. It combines technical excellence with the character of an approachable suburban civic facility.


Furniture: Grazia & Co., Ross Didier, Dowell Jones, Schiavello, Stylecraft. Lighting: Edward Linacre, Sphera Lighting, Delta Light, Iguzzini, XAL, Zumtobel, Formalighting, Planet. Finishes: Dulux, Bishop Master Finishes, Instyle, Kvadrat, Fade Australia, PGH Bricks, Shaw, Interface, Supertuft, Warwick Fabrics, Glassworks, Viridian, Laminex, New Age Veneers, Briggs Veneers, Astor Metal, Porta, Cosentino, Sculptform, Forbo, Tarkett. Fittings & Fixtures: Barben, Auburn Woodturning, K5 Kinnarps, Hafele, Vertilux, Caroma, Metlam, Zip.


Photography: Shannon McGrath (interior), Derek Swalwell (exterior)