Often cited as Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne has more than lived up to its reputation. Last weekend, the National Gallery of Victoria opened the doors of a colossal exhibition to a flood of approximately 18,000 visitors.

The city itself serves as the theme for the exhibition. Having recognized the strengths of contemporary art and design in Melbourne, organizers dedicated one-third of the gallery space to architects and designers. With over 250 displays – including installations, commissions, and acquired and loaned works – the exhibition showcases the huge scale of creativity currently pouring out of Melbourne.

Community Hall – designed by architects McBride Charles Ryan – is a colourful meeting space enclosed by a constructed skyline inspired by Melbourne’s own. The installation will act as a venue for a packed program of workshops and talks for the duration of Melbourne Now. Out in the central courtyard, architect Rory Hyde has created another venue for events performances and broadcasts. The geodesic Bin Dome was created using 1000 Ikea bins.

Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria runs until 23 March 2014.