22 April 2016

Newman College's new multipurpose auditorium is complete

The Marist Auditorium has been designed for Newman College to expand their performing arts program and provide space for school assemblies, performances, art exhibitions and examinations. The brief was to connect the existing music facility with the new auditorium to make every space an area where learning, rehearsal or performance could take place.

With flexibility as a high priority, the Auditorium and stage had to be adaptable and rely upon swinging doors, pivot doors, mechanically operated orchestra pit, drop down screens and retractable seating. The Stage has the ability to accommodate all three disciplines – Dance, Drama and Music – with the large panels at the proscenium and the angled walls panels allow the space to perform in the varying acoustic situations. The Orchestra Pit has several levels which allow for multiple use – a thrust stage, conventional orchestra pit, or raised to seating level for greater audience capacity. With the ability to host art exhibitions and examinations in this same space, retractable seating has been installed as well as increased task lighting differing from the house lighting and specialist theatre lighting.

The learning areas include the music/ drama rooms – connected by an operable wall, a dance studio and 3 Instrument Practice Rooms. The Music and drama rooms have been designed to accommodate:

  • two individual class groups
  • a larger group for rehearsals and
  • an additional space for art exhibitions

 

  12A0718  12A0738

 12A0814  12A0882-HDR