Set to be the biggest cultural development to ever hit Western Sydney, a self-funded $100 million dollar performing arts centre and multi-purpose entertainment venue is opening its doors in late 2019.
Construction of the spectacular 2000 seat proscenium arch theatre, is about to commence, and is anticipated to host world-famous stage shows, musicals and concerts, full ballet companies and symphony orchestras.
“A project of this size has never been undertaken before on this side of the bridge and excitement is already growing. The time has come for Western Sydney to have its own cultural icon,” The CEO of Western Sydney Performance Arts Centre (WSPAC) management Richard Errington said.
“We have brought together a team of leading architects, designers and engineers across the country to develop the vision for this world-class venue unlike anything else in Western Sydney.
We can’t wait to share it with the community and watch it become a thriving hub for arts, culture and entertainment.”
WSPAC is anticipated to become a tourist destination, with plans for a five star Pullman Hotel alongside the centre in place to accomodate the growth in visitors.
“The timing is right to bring both local and international theatre entertainment to Western Sydney,” WSPAC General Manager of Marketing Simon Greally said.
“The community is excited and ready for it. Discussions are already taking shape with some big announcements to be made in early 2018.”
Inspired by all things theatre, Australian firm Cox Architecture, has designed the venue to amplify the sense of anticipation experienced when attending the theatre, in particular the anticipation that begins well before the performance has commenced.
“The flowing facade metaphorically references a stage curtain drawn across the warm and texturally rich foyers and theatre drum,” Senior Associate at Cox Architecture, Michael Bradburn said.
“The crimson windows allow patrons to peek beyond the curtain, whetting their appetites for the world they are about to be transported to.”
The project will be built by Australian construction company Hansen Yuncken. They have previously completed numerous landmark projects across the country, including the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania and New Space at The University of Newcastle.