Design and delivery of the University of Tasmania (UTAS) $75 million Academy of Creative Industries and Performing Arts (ACIPA) has been awarded to Tasmanian multi-disciplinary firm Liminal Architecture.
In a major coup for the local firm and architecture industry, UTAS today confirmed Liminal Architecture as Principal Consultant in a move that reinforces the exceptional cultural design talent within the state.
In an extremely competitive pitch against some of the most prominent firms from around the globe, Liminal Architecture’s vision of ACIPA as a thriving place to gather, engage, perform and exhibit had the visionary measure to enhance the cultural sector and provide connections with the broader local and international community.
Liminal Architecture’s Elvio Brianese and Peta Heffernan (Emerging Architect 2013, Tasmanian Architecture Awards) have a long-standing association with Tasmania’s arts and culture scene, with a revered reputation for supporting and elevating Tasmania’s cultural landscape, and the design of community engaging, place-making architecture.
‘We have approached the ACIPA project as more than just a creative arts space. We see its potential as a broader thriving community precinct that translates and connects across a varied audience to essentially become a creative heart for the city,’ according to Director Elvio Brianese.
The contemporary landmark building will incorporate a music auditorium, studio theatre and flexible and high-tech laboratory spaces to support visual and performing arts, classical and contemporary music, film and hybrid design practices.
“ACIPA is really going to be something quite special for the performing arts and creative industries. It will be a compilation of leading edge acoustics, visualisation and computing technologies as well as multi-dimensional laboratories, practice rooms and rehearsal/performance spaces all under the one roof,’ said Elvio.
Liminal Architecture will draw on its own global connectivity to partner with internationally acclaimed Singaporean architects WOHA and Arup Acoustics and Theatre to deliver a world class performing arts and creative industries facility, including the new home for the University of Tasmania’s Conservatorium of Music.
“We have hand-selected a world leading team experienced in performing arts and education to design and deliver a state-of-the-art, landmark facility that will further contribute to Tasmania’s reputation as a leading cultural hub,” added Elvio.
“WOHA’s international reputation for architectural excellence and sustainability will give the project global exposure, further enforce Tasmania’s green brand and strengthen UTAS ties with our Asia Pacific neighbours whilst Arup is a world leader in acoustics and theatre design,” he said.
Director Peta Heffernan added further to the significant global connotations for the project.
“Along with being a cultural centrepiece for the people of Hobart, the vision is for an expressive portal across physical and virtual environments that will connect Tasmania to the rest of the world,” stated Peta.
“Its intention is to be a beacon for researchers, performers, producers, practitioners, educators, students, the public and tourists. Its global presence will be a catalyst for attracting the very best talent and international collaborations, physically and through its virtual connectivity,” she said.
The Theatre Royal is also expected to be a big beneficiary of its new neighbour with ACIPA’s development set to enhance shared performance spaces, front and back of house elements and technology common to both UTAS and the Theatre Royal.
“ACIPA’s colocation with the Theatre Royal will provide the treasured landmark with much needed front of house facilities. The shared foyer and hospitality areas will generate a hub of activity; providing opportunities for collaborative exchange, exhibitions, media interactions and retail to enhance activation on Campbell and Collins Street,” said Peta.
The Academy of Creative Industries and Performing Arts is an initiative of the Australian Government being conducted as part of the Education Investment Fund.