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The Glasshouse, Australia : Port Macquarie Building
NSW Architecture Development – design by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects
5 Aug 2010
The Glasshouse Port Macquarie
GLASSHOUSE: ARTS, CONFERENCE AND ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
Port Macquarie, NSW 2002-09
Design: Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects
Port Macquarie Arts Conference & Entertainment Centre
The Glasshouse : Arts Conference and Entertainment Centre comprises a 600-seat performing arts theatre, a 600m2 Regional Art Gallery, a studio theatre, conference facilities and a community workshop located in the centre of Port Macquarie, a rapidly-growing coastal city north of Sydney. The project brief was to establish the Cultural Centre as the pre-eminent performance and exhibition arts facility in the region.
The design takes advantage of a view of the Pacific Ocean and is based on ‘openness’ and accessibility. The gallery is located to share the foyer space of the theatre, allowing appropriate exhibitions to fill the public spaces of the building and, in low-visitation days, the centre to be operated with minimal staff.
Wrapped around the sculpted form of the tall auditorium, the foyers are open and glassy, and are naturally ventilated. The foyer and building expression is generated by the contrasting orders of the city grid and the voluminous form of the theatre shell, with it’s level 3 echo, the glass ‘skirt’ cantilevering over Clarence Street. Shaped voids and overhangs are created to facilitate street shade, airflow and an exciting architectural journey from street to auditorium. The auditorium is a semi-traditional proscenium horseshoe, with a fully equipped lyric stage and fly tower. Operable sound-screens enable the space to be used for classical concert music. The orchestra pit is hydraulically raised and lowered to increase the flexibility of the space. All sightlines have been computer modelled, and the sound performance designed to exacting standards.
The design anticipated significant archaeological relics from the Governor Macquarie convict era, in the form of footings of a series of 1820’s cottages. They were not fully revealed until the existing site buildings were demolished, and once exposed the footings were preserved and revealed to the public in the basement and interpreted on the ground floor of the foyer.
The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie – Building Information
Location: Cnr Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie, NSW
Client: Port Macquarie-Hastings Council
Time to complete: 7 years (24 months construction)
Total floor area: 8,000m2 (Gross Floor Area)
2010 Australian Institute of Architecture Blacket Prize for Regional Architecture.
2010 Australian Institute of Architecture Commendation for Public Architecture.
ARCHITECTS – TONKIN ZULAIKHA GREER
Tim Greer, Trina Day, Regina Meyer, Roger O’Sullivan, Peter Tonkin, Kon Vourtzoumis, Bettina Siegmund, Elizabeth Muir, Paul Rolfe, John Chesterman, Tamara Frangelli, Jennifer Fetner, Alison Osborne
Root Projects Australia
Currie & Brown
MEZZANINE + GALLERY
DESCRIPTION: The Golden Oak floors laid at Glasshouse Arts, Conference and Entertainment centre are a unique AST blend of Australian hardwoods from within Northern NSW Highland region comprising Fastigata, Messmate, New England Blackbutt, Stringybarks and Viminalis which together depict a distinctly natural looking floor of golden yellow tones infused with husk brown and cream accents.
The flooring at Glasshouse is further characterised by randomly allowing more natural characteristics within the surface appearance to further compliment the natural themes throughout the building.
SUPPLIER: Donated by local timber mill, Australian Solar Timbers.
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