Whitehorse Performing Arts Centre

State Victoria
Client Whitehorse City Council
Competition EOI and Single Stage Design Competition
Winner TBC

Jury Members
Geoffrey London, Chair (Professor of Architecture at the University of Western Australia)
Donald Bates (Chair, Architectural Design and Associate Dean at the University of Melbourne)
Cr Bill Bennett (Mayor, Whitehorse City Council)
Noelen Duff (Chief Executive Officer, Whitehorse City Council)
Ben Hewett (Deputy NSW Government Architect, Strategic Design)
Jocelyn Chiew (Campus Design Manager, Monash University)
Melanie Smith (Executive Director, Performing Arts Centre Melbourne)
Whitehorse City Council is transforming the Whitehorse Centre in Nunawading into a highly accessible, flexible and contemporary venue that will meet the diverse and changing needs of our community, users and patrons. The new centre will provide an expanded array of performing arts, functions and festival opportunities for generations to come.

To deliver the project council has undertaken a two stage design competition, with Citylab as the Competitor Advisor.

The design competition process delivers innovative site planning and skilled architectural design to progress the project from the early concept design drawings to the next stage of design development.  This process will deliver an exciting new vision for the Whitehorse Centre and the Civic Precinct. This design stage outcome will proactively:
  • maximise green space to neighbouring residents by considering the position of the centre and its connectivity to the Library and Council Offices
  • increase the useable space of the amphitheatre for the popular family festivals
  • improve traffic and pedestrian movement on site
  • enhance the appearance and use of the parkland setting
  • respond to parking demands for the precinct and locate the multi-deck car park near the rear of the Nunawading Police Station.