Goulburn Performing Arts Centre | Brewster Hjorth Architects

Goulburn Performing Arts Centre | Brewster Hjorth Architects | Photographer: Shaw Photography

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Goulburn Performing Arts Centre | Brewster Hjorth Architects

Traditional Land Owners
The Gundungurra people of the Yorta Yorta Nation
Year
2023
Chapter

New South Wales

Category
Public Architecture
Builder
Zauner Construction
Photographer
Shaw Photography
Project summary

The GPAC project provides Goulburn, Australia’s first inland city its first purpose designed theatre. with a new 400 seat auditorium, stage with fly-tower and full backstage facilities. The old Town Hall has been incorporated into the project and houses the main foyer, cafe, foyer bar, and theatre administration

The site was home to the colony’s first inland gaol, fire brigade, and later the first Town Hall. It was the site of convicted bushranger hangings (and burials) which are suspected to lie beneath the new theatre’s front bar.

The project included extensive archeological investigations, the design includes the preservation and integration of important historic building fabric. The complex functional theatre facilities have been located in a new modern structure located behind, and largely hidden by the heritage buildings. By utilising inventive design solutions the project has successfully provided a much needed public facility on the City’s main street

2023
New South Wales Architecture Awards Accolades
Blacket Prize (NSW)
New South Wales Jury Presentation

The GPAC design elegantly repurposed the existing heritage town hall, creating a revitalised CBD presence while memorialising its varied history with imaginative public artwork

The design successfully accommodates modern spaces such as offices, café, bar, while the high-tech performance space and fly tower mean it can host a program of world-class performances, providing jobs for the community, performing arts education and ensuring that every child in the region, regardless of background, has the opportunity to experience and participate in the magic of theatre.

The facility has brought so many productions to the region exceeding expectations for patronage and public support.

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