National Gallery of Victoria International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne.
The National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Road, Melbourne, was designed by Sir Roy Grounds. Officially opened in August 1968, the completed building was in essence true to the 1960 sketch designs that Grounds had prepared after his study tour of galleries and museums in the United States and Europe.
After closing for a four-year, $168 million makeover the gallery re-opened on Thursday 4 December 2003. This massive redevelopment, guided by Italian architect, Mario Bellini, and Melbourne’s Métier3 increased exhibition space at St Kilda Road by 25 per cent. Some of the most admired elements of Grounds’ design were preserved, including the spectacular Leonard French stained glass ceiling in the Great Hall, the Gallery’s entrance arch, and the re-designed Waterwall.