Completed mid-June, the St James College Visual and Performing Arts Centre brings together art, music, drama and a new food technology stream. The building was conceived of, and designed with, the engagement of the College and local communities in mind. The new outdoor events space at the front of the College successfully bridges between old and new facilities and provides the College with a formal ceremonial space.
At the centre of the building is a 140 retractable seat ‘black box’ Studio Theatre with operable wall to divide the space into two learning spaces. The music and drama spaces support the Theatre when in event mode, and the adjacent Food Technology space provides the opportunity for students to participate in future hospitality events.
The glazed entry foyer addresses the street and wraps along the side of the building leading to the outdoor learning spaces to the east. The foyer opens onto the outdoor event space with a generous connection between indoor and outdoor spaces. Inside, the foyer has a gallery along one side and functions bar at the end. It provides a space where the students learning can be displayed and embodies the College’s ethos of community engagement.
Photos: Gallant Lee Photography