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Architectus, Henning Larsen and Arup to transform Canberra Theatre Centre

Architectus, Henning Larsen and Arup to transform Canberra Theatre Centre


The trio of renowned design and consultancy firms are developing the Canberra Theatre Centre into a multi-event and all-access space.

This project – which will rely on consultations with First Nations communities –  is the launch-pad project to place Canberra’s civic and cultural district on the map as a globally recognised arts precinct.  

The remodelling of the design centre is guided by a goal of creating an environment that reflects and represents diverse cultures, and acts as a gathering space for both local and international artists. 

The winning design proposed a new theatre building that will feature a striking and classy facade treatment that pays homage to the formal landmarks of Canberra. 

Architectus principal and public sector leader Doctor Stephen Long is excited by the prospect of his team designing a theatre that will fuel Canberra’s creative energy. 

The Australian born company – that recently merged with Conrad Gargett – is sinking its teeth into a design process that considers the desires of the audience and performers. 

“We will work from the inside out to create a national theatre enmeshed in the context of Canberra’s culture and arts buildings,” says Long. 

Henning Larsen partner and design director Viggo Haremst reports that the highly acclaimed international studio is also eager to be involved in the creation of a new national landmark. 

“Together with Architectus and Arup, we’ve approached the design with great care

to create an inclusive place that honours the history of the land and provides a space for people to share in the power of performance and storytelling,” says Haremst. 

Arup’s expertise in theatre planning will ensure Canberra’s theatre centre has the capability to support the highest level of national and international touring shows. 

Arup Australasian arts and culture business lead Hannah Slater says the trio’s design process will pave the way for an inclusive, transparent and engaging centre. 

This is not the first time the trio of companies have joined forces – Henning Larsen and Arup designed Reykjavík’s Harpa Concert Hall, and Architectus and Arup collaborated on the recently developed Sydney Modern building at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. 

Photography supplied by Architectus.

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