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Melville Senior High School Theatre

Melville

Melville Senior High School’s new 300-seat theatre is designed to Department of Education brief requirements as part of the redevelopment of the school’s performing arts facilities. The stand-alone theatre serves as an extension to the existing performing arts building, creating a new precinct that consolidates the school’s planning.

Positioned on a boundary adjacent to Leach Highway, the theatre creates a striking landmark for the school and offers north facing vistas across the playing fields. Tiered terracing to the oval can be utilised for teaching and passive recreation.

The building is a simple collection of parts informed by their functional requirements and has three components – performance space, foyer and gallery. Each can be used separately for teaching, providing exceptional functional flexibility.

The performance space uses precast concrete to create an acoustically separated ‘black box’. The foyer is a flexible space with a lightweight steel frame, clad in compressed metal sheets. The gallery is a glazed, steel-framed circulation spine which is naturally ventilated.

The three elements are united under a metal roof that folds across and around the components with no box gutters or parapets. The roof connects the elements and extends to the ground, anchoring the building to the site.

Technical Information

City
Melville
Year
2019
Client
Department of Finance – Building Management & Works on behalf of Department of Education
Status
Complete, 2019
Key Consultants
BGE, Wood & Grieve (Stantec), Marshall Day
Builder
EMCO
Cost
$5m
Gross Floor Area
635m2 new, 84m2 refurb
Photography
Greg Hocking