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This plan shows all elements of the Whitehorse performing arts centre and precinct, including the main building, new open double storey car park, parking bays, pedestrian access, grassed and amphitheatre areas for the popular festival program.
The orchestra pit is directly underneath the main theatre and when not in use can be raised to provide extra theatre seating. The lower ground floor also houses warm-up space for musicians and performers, amenities and plant room.
The public enters the centre at the ground floor, arriving into the spacious, light-filled foyer with convenient access to the box office, bar and cloakroom, as well as a variety of foyer seating opportunities for our patrons. Amenities are near the main theatre for easy access during interval. Centre operation and administration offices and performer, crew and production support spaces are all accessed on this floor.
The main theatre seats up to 625 people. The seating is designed for comfort, access and excellent stage views. The large stage and wing area provide ample space for performances of all sizes and scales.
The studio theatre has retractable seating for 200 people and is suited to small scale productions, movie screenings, dance rehearsals and events. The studio opens to the soundshell that looks over the amphitheatre.
Back of house facilities are flexible and include dressing rooms, green room, technical workshop and storerooms, loading dock, stage door, amenities, laundry/wardrobe and finishing kitchen to service events in the studio or main foyer.
Accessed via stairs or lift, Level 1 is home to multipurpose function centre, meeting room and rehearsal spaces ideal for dance classes. The rehearsal spaces can also be used for meetings and other activities.
The function centre overlooking the parkland is suitable for a variety of events, from cocktail parties and seated celebrations to conferences and meetings. It has access to a bar and amenities, and can be configured into smaller spaces. These services are supported by a full commercial kitchen and technical spaces.
The steel frame and beams have been erected for the open double -storey car park as part of the Whitehorse performing arts centre redevelopment.
The car park will feature ground-level entry to both levels and a pedestrian ramp to enable easy, convenient and safe access to the surrounding precinct.
Meanwhile, 200 metres from the car park construction site, an excavator works on the stockpiled soil to create a platform pad for construction of the new centre structure.
Before demolition, items of historical and sentimental value were carefully removed - ready to be used in the new performing arts centre.
Watch the demolition of the Whitehorse Centre. It is now ready for the next exciting stage - the construction of the double storey car park.
This animation was created in August 2020 to showcase the Schematic Design of the Whitehorse performing arts centre redevelopment. George Huon from BKK Architects takes us on a tour exploring the exterior of this exciting new facility, expected to be completed in late 2023.
Whitehorse City Council is transforming the Whitehorse Centre in Nunawading into a highly accessible, flexible and contemporary performing arts centre that will meet the diverse and changing needs of our community, users and patrons.