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Sutherland Entertainment Centre

Blurring boundaries between realms

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We saw the redevelopment of a 40 year-old community institution as an opportunity to improve access and broaden its appeal. Through a new open foyer in harmony with the surrounding park, we invited a new generation to engage with its programming.

Located in the heart of the Shire, the Sutherland Entertainment Centre is a multi-purpose facility that has brought the vibrancy of the performing arts to the community for over 40 years. To bring the facilities up to date, we partnered with architectural practice CHROFI, to design upgrades that would provide the highest standards of technical and production facilities, while exploring new ways to engage the growing community.

An iconic building in a prominent position, the refurbishment was an opportunity to create a catalyst for local placemaking. Our approach was to work with the existing space, creating a versatile, welcoming timber and glass foyer that improves connection with the neighbouring Peace Park. With an abundance of natural light and views across the park from inside, the new entry openly invites visitors to come and explore the building, while creating a strong connection to the landscape.

This new permeability improves the civic offering of the park, enabling the foyer to be its own stage for live events and programming, particularly during the daytime.

Inside, we brought the back of house facilities up-to-date, upgraded the flytower and reconfigured dress circle and stalls seating to create an increased auditorium capacity of almost 700 people.

A renewed focal point for the arts, Sutherland Entertainment Centre sets a benchmark for performing arts facilities in the Shire, supporting the local community, while attracting touring productions to the region.

Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior DesignDiscipline
CommunitySector
Sutherland, NSWLocation
OngoingStatus
Sutherland Shire CouncilClient
Taylor Thomas Whitting, ADCO Constructions, Jones Nicholson, CHROFICollaborators
$35mBudget
Discipline
Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design
Sector
Community
Location
Sutherland, NSW
Status
Ongoing
Client
Sutherland Shire Council
Collaborators
Taylor Thomas Whitting, ADCO Constructions, Jones Nicholson, CHROFI
Budget
$35m
World Architecture News Awards
Future Projects - Civic Category Finalist
2019
World Architecture News Awards
Future Projects - Civic Category Finalist 2019
Andrew Tripet
Principal, Sector Lead - Community
Andrew Leuchars
Director, Principal - Landscape Architecture
Sophie Orrock
Principal - Interior Design
Jon Kane
Associate, Landscape
Katie Hurst
Associate, Interiors
Rodney Drayton
Director - Operations
David Heap
Technical Lead
    Andrew Tripet
    Principal, Sector Lead - Community
    Andrew Leuchars
    Director, Principal - Landscape Architecture
    Sophie Orrock
    Principal - Interior Design
    Jon Kane
    Associate, Landscape
    Katie Hurst
    Associate, Interiors
    Rodney Drayton
    Director - Operations
    David Heap
    Technical Lead

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