The flexibility of the design has allowed high usage and patronage levels, and the centre has been proudly embraced by the community

Brolga Theatre

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Details

BVN
Client
Fraser Coast Regional Council
Location
5 Walker Street Maryborough, QLD
Completion
August 1997 - June 2000
Value
$10,000,000
Services
Full Architectural Services
Size

4,000m² GFA

Description

The Brolga Theatre, Maryborough, is a major Regional Arts Centre that includes a 926-seat theatre, a large foyer (itself a function and performance space), cafe and a multipurpose performance space, which is used for exhibitions and performances. The centre is a first stage in a planned civic and cultural precinct that will include a gallery, civic offices and a public plaza.

BVN undertook widespread community consultation to develop a brief which best met the needs of the community and which also addressed Council’s desire for a landmark public building which would be as financially self-supporting as possible.

Working within tight budgetary constraints, the centre meets all objectives. The flexibility of the design has allowed high usage and patronage levels, and the centre has been proudly embraced by the community. The standard and quality of facilities has attracted major touring productions, boosting the local economy and helping commercial returns to exceed expectations.

Large volumes, a rising roof line, strong colours and simple materials were used to create a bold structure that dominates its elevated site on a bend in the Mary River. This is given further significance by its link to the Maryborough building tradition which is characterised by elegant metal and timber sheds constructed on a grand scale. The site itself was previously the location of a major sawmill and the new building reflects this industrial heritage.

Location

5 Walker Street Maryborough, QLD

Awards

2001
National Metal Building Award
RAIA QLD Building of the Year
RAIA QLD Commendation
RAIA QLD FDG Stanley Award for Best Public Building
RAIA QLD Public Buildings Community Building Award
The Heritage Herald Contemporary Building Award

Brief Elements

  • Performing art centre

Summary

  • Highly flexible multipurpose theatre space
  • Quality design outcome with very limited budget
  • Acclaimed as best regional performing arts centre in Queensland
  • Innovative and flexible planning allows wide variety of hiring formats, enhancing commerciality of the venue