Melville Senior High School’s new 300 seat theatre is designed to Department of Education brief requirements as part of the redevelopment of the school’s performing arts facilities...

Melville Senior High School Theatre by Cox Architecture

Architect: Cox Architecture
Location: Melville, Australia
Year: 2019
Project size: 635 sq.m.
Photography: Greg Hocking

From the architect: The stand-alone theatre serves as an extension to the existing performing arts building, creating a new precinct that consolidates the school’s planning.

Melville Senior High School Theatre by Cox Architecture

Positioned on a boundary adjacent to Leach Highway, the theatre creates a striking landmark for the school and offers north facing vistas across the playing fields. Tiered terracing to the oval can be utilised for teaching and passive recreation.

Melville Senior High School Theatre by Cox Architecture

The building is a simple collection of parts informed by their functional requirements and has three components – performance space, foyer and gallery. Each can be used separately for teaching, providing exceptional functional flexibility.

Melville Senior High School Theatre by Cox Architecture

The performance space uses precast concrete to create an acoustically separated ‘black box’. The foyer is a flexible space with a lightweight steel frame, clad in compressed metal sheets. The gallery is a glazed, steel-framed circulation spine which is naturally ventilated.

Melville Senior High School Theatre by Cox Architecture

The three elements are united under a metal roof that folds across and around the components with no box gutters or parapets. The roof connects the elements and extends to the ground, anchoring the building to the site.

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Melville Senior High School Theatre by Cox Architecture

Melville Senior High School Theatre by Cox Architecture

Melville Senior High School Theatre by Cox Architecture

Melville Senior High School Theatre by Cox Architecture

Melville Senior High School Theatre by Cox Architecture

Melville Senior High School Theatre by Cox Architecture

Melville Senior High School's new 300 seat theatre is designed to Department of Education brief requirements as part of the redevelopment of the school's performing arts facilities

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