Arts Centre Melbourne contacted Port Containers to design and construct a number of container bars for one of their venues, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Their venues host a wide range of events from comedy to opera to rock n roll. The Sidney Myer Music Bowl has recently hosted Florence + The Machine, Mumford & Sons, Tame Impala, Flight Facilities, Chet Faker and Opera Australia.
Previously, they used marquees and other portable units that took time to setup and pull down for events – they needed something portable but also permanent and secure.
We built six modified containers primarily to be used as retail bars, three units joined together on each side of the venue. Though when all units are not necessary to be utilised as bars they can be re-tasked to become merchandise units, box office, coffee outlet or even baby change rooms! This demonstrates how versatile the setup of the containers are and how they can be utilised in different industries.
Once the container bars where delivered on site Arts Centre Melbourne organised internationally acclaimed artist Sofles to paint them. Sofles used them as a blank canvas to create beautiful murals on the side walls on the containers – check out the video below.