A beautiful piece of architecture built in Australia. The attention given to the details actually makes this building surreal. The design takes advantage of a view of the Pacific Ocean and is based on ‘openness’ and accessibility.
The Glasshouse: Arts Conference and Entertainment Centre hosts 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 fast-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 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.
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.
Photographs by Brett Boardman and Rob Connell