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Architecture: Redlands Performing Arts Centre

May 17, 2010

PDT Architects’ performance venue provides a new focal point for the arts precinct in Redlands.

The Redlands Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) is a flexible performance facility catering for small, intimate orchestral performances as well as full-scale concerts, as well as a multi-purpose space for functions, exhibitions and community group meetings.

To reflect its intended purpose as a cultural hub for celebrating the arts, PDT designed the building to represent the artistic interpretation of form, mass, colour and texture. This sense of drama echoes throughout the centre; from the working sundial through to the 500-seat concert hall, multi-purpose foyer and piazza. The distinctive structure visibly enhances the public domain, with the sundial tower providing a focal point for the precinct while the piazza complements the nearby park. The striking exterior includes layers of texture, detail, translucency and colour.

Inside, the elegant interiors express a simplicity that contrast with the colour of the external building form. The double height foyer instills a sense of drama and volume, with its sloping plasterboard ceilings and expansive glazed curtain walls. The colour scheme incorporates rich reds, gold and sienna tones from the Redland palette.

*Team* Project Director: Ian Downing; Project Leader: Brett Preston; Project Architect: Doron Rosmarin; Documentation: Katie Holman; Lead Interior Designer: Bianca De Lusio; Interior Designer: Jessica Teguh; Landscape Architect: Nathan Clausen

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