This new gymnasium and auditorium at Waverley Christian College Narre Warren brings together the often incompatible functions of sports and theatre into one facility. The facility comprises a sports court and fitness centre in addition to a raised stage, backstage dressing rooms and retractable seating bank, and a large foyer with kitchen facilities.
The single court sports hall has been ‘dressed’ and treated with acoustic internal linings to create an ambient auditorium which can cater for audiences up to 900 people. The 600 seat retractable seating bank can also track forward to create an intimate theatre experience.
The building functions exceptionally well due to detailed design resolution and attention to acoustic performance. The acoustic operable wall between the raised stage and auditorium allows both spaces to be used concurrently with no noise intrusion.