West Gippsland Arts Centre
The newly refurbished performing arts centre in Warragul by Williams Ross Architects is a significant cultural landmark for the West Gisspland region. Envisaged as a place for the arts and theatre to flourish, MDG have extensively reconsidered and modified the building surrounds to create an animated contemporary space. An elevated entry forecourt has been created with a dramatically improved arrival sequence and a strong dialogue with the nearby gardens. The space consists of bespoke walls and seating elements using refined urban detailing and high-quality materials. A significant level change has informed the design outcome and resulted in a series of dramatic angular walls and steps traversing the site. Previously an introspective and secluded entry, the space now has a gesture of opening and embracing the broader context and drawing people to this important civic destination.