PLACES TO PERFORM CREATING REAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERFORMING ARTISTS.
CREATING REAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERFORMING ARTISTS.
NBRSARCHITECTURE has been designing spaces for people to engage and participate in performing arts, worship and learning for over 46 years. NBRS approaches the design and execution of performance spaces with a combination of expertise from within the firm, as well as engaging in close partnership with specialist consultants, to collaborate with the client and stakeholders in order to form a comprehensive brief for the project. Our approach involves researching fundamental aspects of performance space design. These entail; the mix of spaces, types of instruments played, the types of performances, technology, any flexibility needed between spaces, the aesthetic outcome, the siting of the building in its context, external influences and general feel and flow of the building the client intends to achieve. The brief sometimes requires accommodating different types of performance related spaces into the one building, these being a mix of musical performance spaces, theatrical performance spaces, musical and vocal practice spaces, technical and recording laboratories, dance and drama spaces, back of house support spaces and associated public spaces.
ENHANCE TYPES OF INSTRUMENTS It is paramount in our research that we can enhance different types of musical instruments or vocals performed through the manipulation of spatial proportions available to the room/space, innovative use and application of materials, co-ordination and treatment of services and integration of technology.
FLEXIBILITY IN DESIGN Offering flexibility in the design of performance related spaces is important to enable adaptable use for alternative purposes such as theatrical, vocal and classroom activities. It has been in integral part of our past client briefs and believe it is important to obtain the most out of the space available on the site.
COLLABORATION WITH CLIENT We work in partnership with stakeholders and users to create the spaces suited to their specific musical needs for specific performance modes such as orchestral, acoustic, electric or drama. This enables us to research and collaborate with specialist consultants on how we can architecturally enhance the type of performance for the user and the audience in the most aesthetically attractive, energy efficient and cost effective way.
IN-HOUSE MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAM Together, with our in-house multidisciplinary team of experienced Architects, Heritage consultants, Interior Designers and Landscape Architects, we can allow for a more informed and creative outcome integrating these different aspects into the development at an early stage.
INTERNATIONAL SCREEN ACADEMY WAT E RLO O
Located in Sydney arts hub, Waterloo, the International Screen Academy offers its students a unique mix of education in both traditional acting methods and contemporary screen based broadcast media, including film and television. The fusion of colour and technology shape a stimulating backdrop for dynamic teaching and learning of drama and of state-of-theart technical support.
â€œThe fusion of colour and technology shape a stimulating backdrop for dynamic teaching & learningâ€?
The design for ISA intent was to create a stimulating environment where the challenge and joy of acting and production could merge to produce real opportunities beyond the academy. The clear functional relationship of educational, performance, and technical areas was key. Overlayed with the complexities of the learning and performance spaces were the requirements of commercial workspace and support infrastructure.
Detailed delivery of design was achieved through highly specified studio environments with controlled acoustics and all the state-of-art-lighting and connectedness for a contemporary learning environment. The studios are highly controlled environments and this is balanced with a generous sense of space, transparency, light and colour where collaboration is to be promoted. From design concept to fitout delivery, the project ran for 12 months. Key to the successful outcome was the responsiveness of the NBRSARCHITECTURE team in executing the design, documentation and contract administration in an efficient traditional contract arrangement.
PLC PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE & AQUATIC INSTITUTE PRESBY T E RI A N L A DIES C OL L EGE , SY DNE Y
The project to develop a new performing arts centre and indoor swimming pool at PLC Sydney represented a significant step in improving the facilities of one of Sydneyâ€™s prominent girl schools. The state-of-the-art performing arts centre, which seats 500, has a flexible stage arrangement with an orchestra pit which can be converted to an extension of the stage depending on the type of performance. The design is flexible and inspiring. Part of the development included the infrastructure to compliment with an up to date performing arts centre. Spaces include drama rooms, practice rooms and a green room.
INABURRA SCHOOL PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE IN A BURR A S CHO OL , B A NGOR
â€œ...a state of the art teaching and performance facility which incorporates a 650 seat theatre. â€œ
Inaburra School is renowned for being at the forefront in the areas of performances, music, multimedia and the arts. NBRSARCHITECTURE worked closely with the School to understand their needs and aspirations to bring to realisation this exciting project. The Inaburra School Performing Arts Centre has provided the school with a contemporaryteaching and performance facility which incorporates a 650 seat theatre, a smaller performance space, new music classrooms with a professional recording studio, a band room, individual music practice rooms, new media classrooms with a recording / editing studio, new art classrooms and new Junior School classrooms.
QUEENWOOD JUNIOR SCHOOL MO SM A N, NS W
NBRSARCHITECTURE master plan for Queenwood Junior School knowledgeably demonstrated how the School’s very tight urban site could be adapted and developed to maximise its open space potential, reconcile various levels of the steeply sloping site and better connect the heritage building on site to the rest of the school. Whilst the School’s long term plan was to implement this master plan as a series of staged developments, the Government’s BER funding enabled them to accelerate and combine parts of that plan, to create a new library and multi-purpose hall and additional GPLAs.
The new 4 storey building was designed to utilise the steeply sloping site by locating half the building in the ground, ensuring that the scale of the building fronting Queen Street was as minimal as possible. From Queen Street the new building reads as a 2 storey entity, with its simple, clean forms and soaring skillion roof rising towards the heritage building ‘Burrawang’ acknowledging and respecting its scale, grandeur and detail. The new building acts like a knuckle, providing the missing link that connects ‘Burrawang’ and the heritage gardens to the remainder of the School buildings and recreation areas below.
MAJOR AUDITORIUM PROJECTS NBRSARCHITECTURE has been intricately involved in the design of a number of Performing Arts Spaces and centres. Our expertise combined with our passion to design buildings for people allows us to create opportunities for people to gather experience and engage in performing arts.
HILLSONG CHURCH CONVENTION CENTRE The auditorium of Hillsong Church has been realised as part of a complex that defines an inspiring centre for this growing church community. From the functional requirements to the uplifting spaces, the building is a true reflection of the churchâ€™s aspirations and the dedicated team of NBRSARCHITECTURE. The building incorporates a 3500 seat auditorium which can be subdivided to form a smaller auditorium and nine separate lecture rooms. Included as part of the facility are meeting rooms, youth hall, childrenâ€™s day care centre, bookshops, change rooms, Green room, guest lounge, TV/ Video and Audio editing suites, Bible College library and support facilities. The result is a centre with state of the art facilities within an identity building which welcomes and inspires those who meet there.
MORE AUDITORIUM PROJECTS Innaburra School - Creative Arts Complex, Bangor Hillsong Church - Convention Centre, Bella Vista Hillsong Church - Doody Street City Campus, Alexandria PLC Sydney - Performing Arts Theatre, Croydon Penrith Anglican College - Theatre, Penrith Queenwood Junior School - Theatre, Mosman Teachers Federation - Auditorium, Surry Hills Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children Renwick , North Rocks International Screen Academy - Theatre, Waterloo PLC Armidale - Multi Purpose Performance Theatre, Armidale Scots School Albury - Multi Purpose Sports and Performance Space, Albury PLC Sydney - Multi Purpose Sports and Performance Space, Croydon Abbotsleigh Girls School - Performing Arts Theatre, Wahroonga Tara Anglican School for Girls - Performing Arts Theatre, Parramatta Sydney University - Seymor Centre Auditorium Upgrade, Darlington Katoomba Christian Convention - Upgrade and Extension to Convention Facility, Katoomba Baptist Church - New Church and Performance Facility, Toongabbie Tara Anglican School for Girls - Multi-Purpose Theatre/Chapel , Parramatta Ghana International School - Theatre, Ghana Knox Grammar School - Performing Arts Complex, Wahroonga Sydney University - Liz Kernohan Convention Centre,
HILLSONG CITY CAMPUS A L E X A NDRI A
â€œA vibrant urban hub providing a platform for an energetic Christian communityâ€? Hillsong City Campus (Doody Street) is a vibrant urban hub providing a platform for an energetic Christian community. The church space is a converted warehouse that includes a 900 seat church auditorium with modern AV technology, several breakout meeting spaces and an edgy, welcoming entry foyer.
NBRSARCHITECTURE have expertise in the design of spaces where large numbers of people gather. Understanding people movement and navigation is key to creating the right outcome. In this project a tiered auditorium has been inserted into an existing warehouse shell. Layers of complex design resolution can be found in the delivery of the best outcome for acoustic definition and telecommunication environment. The auditorium is a controlled space with highly technical requirements for AV connectedness. The spaces that support the auditorium create a seamless connection of uses. The Foyer is a generous welcoming space where casual interaction is supported by a cafe type environment. The children and family facilities are purpose designed to be engaging and a pleasure to be part of. The composition of connecting spaces is easy to navigate and make being part of the church a safe and life filled environment.
PENRITH ANGLICAN COLLEGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE ORCH A RD HIL LS , NS W
Penrith Anglican College is a co-educational day school located in Orchard Hills, NSW that was established by the Sydney Anglican Schools Corporation in 1998. The building designed by NBRSARCHITECTURE is a new performing arts centre called the Lighthouse Theatre. The building stands in a prominent position with the foyer and coffee shop having commanding views to the Blue Mountains. The auditorium has a large stage, stepped floor, mezzanine gallery and seats 600 people. The building has been designed to complement the adjacent Administration Building - the original homestead to the property.
KNOX GRAMMAR SCHOOL PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE WA HRO ONGA , NS W
The multilevel, ‘semi-professional’ facility will provide a venue for students to learn, practice and showcase a variety of creative talents – music, drama, dance, audio visual. The sophisticated building will contain a 700 seat tiered lyric theatre and 180 seat multi- purpose auditorium along with a large variety of teaching spaces, studios, peripatetic rooms and laboratories. The facility also includes a secure basement carpark and a connecting bridge link to the existing school Aquatic Centre. The facility is divided into two functional areas. An entertainment wing with a Main Multipurpose theatre seating
approximately 700, suitable for Drama and Music performances, as well as a Minor Performance Space seating approximately 150, as well as a green room and a café. The second area is a teaching wing with 16 teaching and/or practice spaces, peripatetic rooms and open multi-purpose gathering space. The project had to meet complex site constraints, planning criteria, acoustic & service requirements. This project is being developed as a Complying Development and NBRS is experienced with the generation of the right level of design documentation for this type of statutory approval process. 19
NEWLIFE ANGLICAN CHURCH OR A N PA RK , NS W
The NewLife Anglican Church design was based around a community-focused church and included an inviting forecourt, transparent worship centre, and a colourful cross-structured tower. The church interior is an open and sunlit space with visual connection to the outside. Beyond the facade, the foyer and auditorium are open and exposed allowing the sun to infiltrate and offering a direct view to the internal activities. The orientation of the worship space to the platform is a landscape format to allow the congregation to be in closer proximity to the worship leaders.
SYDNEY UNIVERSITY, FACULTY OF VETERINARY SERVICES C A MDE N C A MP U S
Parallel with its environment consciousness, the form sits as a delight in the landform and is a clear expression of its function. The Liz Kernohan conference facility is the new social and academic centre of the Camden campus. Designed to be a landmark building the facility accommodates a tiered conference auditorium for 250 people for both public and university functions.
The building has been designed with environmentally sustainable principles and materials which have been carefully selected together with considered siting and spatial planning. The facility is a benchmark for green development. Parallel with its environment consciousness, the form sits as a delight in the landform and is a clear expression of its function. The building services include separate air conditioning systems to allow the foyer to operate in a full natural ventilation or a sealed air conditioned mode. Excessive rain fall and hail storms in the area resulted in the deletion of down pipes replacing them with an open zinc sluice draining to the site dam and then used for irrigation.
ASPECTS OF PERFORMING ARTS CENTRES T IE
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Published on May 25, 2016
NBRSARCHITECTURE has been designing spaces for people to engage and participate in performing arts, worship and learning for over 46 years.