NBRSARCHITECTURE. and CHROFI Submit Unique and Exciting Design Concept for Goulburn Performing Arts Centre

“This proposal offers much more than a flexible theatre space – it offers a diverse range of public spaces that contribute to the life of the community” – Rodney Drayton (NBRS)

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In June 2016, NBRSARCHITECTURE teamed up with CHROFI to deliver a design submission for Goulburn Performing Arts Centre. The combination of NBRS’ depth of experience in performing arts and community buildings in conjunction with CHROFI’s globally recognised achievements provided a well-equipped and qualified team. Our collaborative design offered an exciting opportunity to develop the existing civic centre environment, with respect to the heritage listed Town Hall, by extending the music, drama and dance experience for the community and its guests.Goulburn PAC_A0 Panels_Page_2

The concept proposal for the Goulburn Performing Arts Centre outlined a design strategy for a regional performance hub, acknowledging the importance of the former McDermott Centre Town Hall as an essential component of Goulburn’s Heritage precinct. Rather than propose an extension to the former town hall, NBRS and CHROFI created a design featuring a unique dialogue between the two buildings.


By incorporating elements such as a courtyard and rooftop evening space, the site has potential to be activated by the community through a rich and varied calendar of events. From small art shows, rooftop cinemas, and craft markets this proposal offers much more than a flexible theatre space – it offers a modern, comfortable, fully accessible and acoustically excellent performing arts centre with a diverse range of public spaces that contribute to the life of the community.



NBRS+PARTNERS is a people focused, research based studio that aims to enrich lives. By developing creative design partnerships our portfolio spanning public and private sectors exhibit an understanding of the people whose lives will be affected. Above all NBRS seeks to design environments that will have positive life changing affect. Architecture is the cornerstone of NBRS+PARTNERS global interdisciplinary design practice with expertise in Architecture, Heritage, Interiors, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, ESD and Research. Since 1968, NBRS has developed a research led international architecture practice based in Sydney Australia. NBRS is recognised for its innovative, award-winning design excellence and comprehensive expertise. Our design-minded, 50 strong team’s unique focus on creative partnerships helps to realise solutions, with extraordinary results.

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