Casula Powerhouse Regional Arts

Casula Powerhouse Regional Arts

Tonkin Zulaikha Greer
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Art Galleries

Cultural Centres

Brett Boardman

Casula Powerhouse Regional Arts

Tonkin Zulaikha Greer as Architects

The Casula Powerhouse combines a large regional gallery with arts production and performance spaces, within a heritage-listed disused power station on the Georges River. An extensive process of community consultation and workshops has been undertaken to guide the design of the conversion as a multi-use cultural centre for Liverpool City Council.

The first two stages, incorporating gallery, studio, office and rehearsal spaces and the theatre shell, were opened in October 1994 and incorporate a range of commissioned public artworks. A small third stage followed in 1998.

The major fourth stage, completed in 2008, comprises a fully conditioned regional gallery, art store, workshop, bookshop, office space and a 350 seat theatre. Each stage of work was designed to a very constrained budget and a carefully managed approach to major services upgrading.

The heritage fabric of the building, including remnant equipment, is almost entirely conserved, with new facilities fitted into its exciting, large-scale spaces. The major volume, the Turbine Hall, is a multi-use space for large-scale functions, activities and exhibitions, as well as being the major foyer and orientation space for the building.

The Powerhouse serves a range of professional and community groups in the region as well as accommodating touring productions by professional companies, specially curated exhibitions and major one-off events, and has achieved an Australia-wide reputation for innovation and excellence.

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