Design team chosen for UTAS academy of creative industries

Aug 28, 2013
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Above: (1) Liminal Studio, The Barbarians. Photo by Lucia Rossi; (2) WOHA, School of the Arts (SOTA), Singapore. Photo by Patrick Bingham Hall

The University of Tasmania (UTAS) has appointed the design team that will deliver its new Academy of Creative Industries and Performing Arts (ACIPA).

Hobart-based Liminal Architecture will act as principal consultant on the project, and will partner with Singaporean architects WOHA and Arup Acoustics and Theatre to deliver the facility, to be located next to the Theatre Royal in Hobart.

The $75 million development is a key component of the university’s drive to promote Hobart and Tasmania as an international hub for the creative industries. The building will be the new home for the Conservatorium of Music, and will also be connected to the Theatre Royal – a decision that will enable both facilities to share performance spaces, as well as front and back of house areas.

The ACIPA building will offer state-of-the-art acoustic, visualisation and computing technologies in addition to flexible laboratories, rehearsal and performance spaces, a recital hall and black-box theatre space and a creative technology studio.

“Through its design, ACIPA will become a destination; a beacon for UTAS and the creative industries; a drawcard for researchers, performers, producers, practitioners, educators, students, the public and tourists. Its global presence will be a catalyst for attracting the very best talent and international collaborations, physically and through its virtual connectivity,” said WOHA’s Wong Mun Summ of the project.

WOHA’s previous projects include the School of the Arts and the Genexis Theatre, both in Singapore, while Liminal Architecture has worked on education projects such as Ogilvie High School Student Centre and the Bridgewater LINC and Child and Family Centre as well as several performance spaces. Liminal Architecture’s Elvio Brianese said the design team’s experience on performing arts and education projects would strengthen Tasmania’s reputation as a leading cultural hub.

Brianese said: “WOHA’s international reputation for architectural excellence and sustainability will give the project global exposure and will further enforce Tasmania’s green brand. Arup is a world leader in acoustic and theatre design and has worked extensively with us and WOHA.”

Andrew Nicol of Arup Acoustics and Theatre added: “The acoustic of the new auditorium for the Conservatorium promises to be extraordinary and will complement the existing concert hall in Tasmania, the Federation Concert Hall.  The new facility will be a place for research, learning, performance and recording providing Tasmania’s artistic talent with a facility to allow their creative capabilities to springboard to international success.”

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