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Architecture: Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre

May 10, 2010

Harmer Architecture’s performing arts centre revitalises Wangaratta’s civic precinct, serving as a new focal point in the city.

This performing arts centre, located in Wangaratta, northeastern Victoria, includes a 530-seat theatre, 300 person function room, conference and exhibition spaces, backstage area and café. The spaces of the project have been organised to provide a link between the town centre, and the civic precinct of Wangaratta. The main foyer acts as a new community space – a kind of internal street linking the main entrance on Ford Street to the landscaped courtyard.

The architectural form of the centre is layered and fragmented. Rather than the often employed strategy of a single form, with performance and related spaces inserted into it, the architects have created a large, black concrete fly tower and fan-shaped auditorium mass. Additional elements are attached to the auditorium.

The new centre provides for a wide range of community uses, theatre groups and touring shows, as well as a major new conference venue for northeastern Victoria, and serves as the new focal point in the city.

  • Ian mills February 22nd, 2012 7:52 pm

    Yesterday ,my wife and I visited the Art Centre in Wangaratta and discovered the bevelled bricks used to construct the boundary fence on the north west side. Are you able to let me know where these bricks may be purchased, please.
    Ian Mills, marysville ( rebuilding our residence – like the shingle effect for two pillars).


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