The vision for the Northcote High Performing Arts and VCE Centre was to deliver an integrated education and community asset that would provide a vibrant cultural legacy for the people of Darebin. ACOR Consultants provided Structural & Civil engineering for the project which was led by Kerstin Thompson Architects. Located on the corner of the campus, the Performance Hub is a place for the whole student community – an inspiring and outward-facing environment for music and theatre programs, and for enabling learning through performance.
The building form is structured around two key elements; the exterior red brick envelope and the interior black brick performance space that sits at the heart of the building. The red brick envelope is characterised by a distinctive arched entry that references its heritage setting and welcomes students, teachers and visitors onto the arrival forecourt. A striking cantilever balcony reaches out over the streetscape below. The two-storey brick façade is reinforced by composite long span steel and concrete floors.
Facilities on the ground floor include a theatre, classrooms, music rehearsal space, practice rooms and storage. The first floor accommodates the VCE Centre with indoor and outdoor learning areas. The performance space has been engineered to offer customisation and adaptability.
Images courtesy of Victoria School Building Authority & Peter Bennetts