- Article by Online Editor
- Photography by Trevor Mein
- Architect Harmer Architecture
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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.
Now in its eleventh year, Shaw Contract’s Design Awards program honors architecture and design firms that are changing the way people engage and interact with a space.