Toughness with a soft and sophisticated ambiance

Ian Potter Southbank Centre

Southbank, Melbourne

Architectural Requirement

.John Wardle Architects

Products Used

Maison Blackbutt Flooring

The University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts celebrates a new home of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Designed by the award-winning John Wardle Architects, this building is also known as the green room for Melbourne’s arts precinct to celebrate the activities of music rehearsal and practice.

The Melbourne Conservatorium is one of Australia’s first music education institutions and continues to be one the most internationally prestigious, providing cutting-edge facilities for students.

The Conservatorium boasts one of the world’s largest oculus windows ‘six-metres in diameter’ and includes a 400-seat cantilevered auditorium, a 180-seat ground floor studio and rehearsal spaces for teaching, performing, recording and research.

George Fethers’ Maison Blackbutt flooring was selected due to its robust qualities and aesthetic appeal. 

Jeff Arnold, Senior Interior Designer comments, “George Fethers’ Maison Blackbutt floorboards provided the required toughness for rolling musical instruments and greater dimensional stability than traditional solid boards. We selected a matte, low VOC finish. This combined with the unique figuration of the Blackbutt boards created a soft and sophisticated ambiance.”

John Wardle’s design was impressively built by Lendlease who ensured the Blackbutt flooring was supplied with PEFC Certification to achieve Greenstar credentials.

Maison Blackbutt flooring is an Australian hardwood sourced product from NSW sustainable forest. A traditional blonde floor with subtle natural features.

For samples or further information please contact George Fethers on (03) 96465266 or


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