The $125 million Casey Cultural Precinct will comprise an 800-seat regional theatre, multi-purpose exhibition space, regional art gallery, new community library, community meeting rooms, Civic Centre and community plaza. The project will be completed in 2017.
Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt) has won the Casey Cultural Precinct design competition, in Australia, with a contemporary and innovative design that draws inspirati on from the surrounding landscape, local culture and the history of the area.
The design rises from the landscape and integrates with the surrounding environment, while the iconic roof which resembles soaring eagle wings, reaches out to create an interactive meeting space for the community.
The building incorporates a blend of materials, including an impressive metal and timber roof, contemporary curved glass facade and a warm timber interior. The performing arts centre, regional art gallery, multi-purpose exhibition space, library and Civic Centre are easily accessed on the ground level through a common foyer which welcomes visitors to the precinct.
Outdoor pathways meander through the precinct, drawing visitors to the central community plaza where people will be able to celebrate, collaborate and connect.