Credits

Client:
Dunedin City Council

Location:
Dunedin

Project Status:
Completed 2015

Photographer:
Graham Warman

Credits:
Project authored whilst at WSP Architecture

Awards:
2015 ADNZ Commercial Interior Architectural Award
2015 Interior Award

dunedin town hall & municipal chambers // Public and Civic

The Dunedin Town Hall redevelopment was a project of substantial civic importance, which included the complete upgrade of the historical Municipal Chambers, Dunedin Centre, and the Dunedin Town Hall.

A key requirement of this project was the linking of the three historic buildings to provide a single integrated conference and Theatre venue. Restoring and enhancing the original historical features was also of paramount importance. Our modern architectural approach, using zinc cladding and extensive glazing, allowed us to provide one single exterior of the building with a clear definition between the existing historic fabrics and the new building elements.  

Our design of the Dunedin Centre Foyer and Theatre spaces focused on dramatic contrast. Full height glass doors and a new glazed canopy create a welcoming entry to the building where visitors first experience a cosy and more intimate foyer before being led into a larger “white space” of the Theatre. A neutral colour palette throughout the entire complex allows the refurbished foyer, conferencing and auditorium spaces to stand out with the use of colour in the carpet tiles and rich dark timber panelling provides warmth and texture.

Our unique approach using a new colour scheme to lighten and enrich the space has allowed the main Town Hall auditorium to undergo extensive work yet appear virtually untouched. Bespoke lighting treatments create a visual connection to the historic elements in and on the building enhancing user experiences. Overall the philosophy has been to respect the existing architecture and only augment and embellish the features of the buildings.

Credits

Client:
Dunedin City Council

Location:
Dunedin

Project Status:
Completed 2015

Photographer:
Graham Warman

Credits:
Project authored whilst at WSP Architecture

Awards:
2015 ADNZ Commercial Interior Architectural Award
2015 Interior Award

Town hall at night
Outside town hall at dusk with red light over building
Close up shot of the outside of Dunedin town hall with blue light over building
Town hall performance theatre
Municipal Chambers
Town hall stair case showing detailing of ceiling
Staircase to municipal chambers
Town hall auditorium showing rows of chairs
Town hall foyer