The Treasury Theatre is a Victorian Government facility located within the heritage overlay of the Macarthur Place precinct. Prior to beginning this project, the facility was aged and not refurbished since its original construction in the 1960’s.
Artillery’s brief was to breathe new life into the Theatre for the future, to integrate new technologies, provide equity of access and encourage increased usage.
The Theatre was originally built for the Victorian Film Authority and the current refurbishment will invigorate the Theatre’s use for future film events.
The facility has been redesigned to be fully compliant for DDA access to all areas including the theatre stage. The theatre itself includes seating for over 200 people including facilities for writing tablets, hearing loops, video conferencing, presentations and movie projection.
The spaces are designed to have a contemporary and uniquely Melbourne feel. A key existing element in the internal spaces is the elegant timber panelling considered of ‘heritage interest’. This timberwork has been meticulously restored and is a real feature of the facility.
A key feature of the theatre space is the dramatic use of LED lighting strips which intersect and cut across the ceiling and walls. Further to the design elements of the spaces, the facility has integrated state-of-the-art audio visual and lighting systems, providing previously unattainable levels of flexibility.
The design elements of the theatre feature lighting is reinterpreted in the ante spaces with custom elements designed by Artillery to include a unique 3D steel framed wall with integrated seating and reception zones.
Feature lighting has been designed over the refurbished bar and this area also includes restored timber panelling with new lighting and credenza units in timber finishes to complement the existing elements.
This exciting Artillery project has given new life and vitality to the Treasury Theatre whilst respecting the heritage and structural elements of the spaces.