Clare Hopkins Clarke
The new Performing Arts Centre at Loyola College in Watsonia consists of a 500-seat auditorium theatre, back of house areas, dressing and control rooms, foyers, dance studio, music practice rooms and administration areas.
External works included roadways, car parking for 25 vehicles to the west of the building and a car park for 7 vehicles to the east of the building, landscaping and associated site works.
The building was designed to incorporate many architectural finishes including acoustic panelling, feature metalwork, glazed brickwork, bluestone paving, curtain walling and timber panelling. Technical elements involved extensive services which was vital to ensure the buildings’ acoustic requirements and functionality provided the best facilities for the school
The design features included:
- High performance building fabric to reduce the demand on active systems.
- Passive solar design.
- Mature trees to allow natural screening and shading to the west and deciduous trees in the forecourt that will provide shading in summer and allow the sun to penetrate the building in winter.
- Effective thermal mass with the use of concrete slabs and cavity brick walls.
- Consideration of occupants thermal comfort with the use of sustainable materials and low VOC products.
- Rainwater harvesting with 6 new tanks as well as existing tanks on site to serve landscape irrigation.
- Permeable paving to reduce stormwater run off.
- Provision of good levels of natural lighting and external views.
- Extensive operable windows to provide natural ventilation.
- Reduction in car parking, thus encouraging the use of public transport.