PLC’s Performing Arts Centre was conceived as a place to perform, rehearse, discuss, teach and learn. It is a vital element to the cultural life and identity at PLC, and provides a built reflection of the school’s commitment to the performance of music and drama. The 550-seat Music Recital Auditorium subtly anchors the design to its core activity by sitting proudly at the heart of the building.

Project Name: PLC Performing Arts Centre
Studio Name: Cox Architecture
Project size: 6680 m2
Project Budget: $35000000
Completion date: 2013
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Photography: Peter Clarke

PLC Performing Arts Centre by Cox Architecture - Sheet1
©Peter Clarke

The Auditorium is used for a variety of musical and dramatic performances as well as school community functions, and features undulating timber-clad walls that are both visually striking and acoustically functional.

PLC Performing Arts Centre by Cox Architecture - Sheet2
©Peter Clarke

At the first and second levels of the Centre a variety of dedicated music and drama rehearsal, studio, classroom and support spaces frame the main auditorium. Specialist rehearsal spaces with 8-metre-high ceilings together with smaller studio spaces and classrooms inspire state of the art teaching while purpose-built learning environments support the artistic pursuits of the students in every way.

PLC Performing Arts Centre by Cox Architecture - Sheet3
©Peter Clarke

Sited within a prime campus location that is defined by its proximity to PLC’s Civic Heart, the design adapts to its context and campus integration opportunities of the site. The ground level has been conceived as a coherent arrival space. Entry is emphasised by a generous lobby and multi-level atrium with a major interconnecting staircase characterised by abundant natural daylight, creating a learning environment that is both physically and visually connected to its wider context within the grounds of the College.

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