Phillips Smith Conwell

St Peters Lutheran College Performing Arts Centre


DWG Group




Indooroopilly, Queensland



This facility is a no compromise performance centre for music, drama, assembly, lectures and presentations. The multipurpose hall has world class acoustics that employ a very simple to operate variable system to move from speech to music in a matter of minutes. It has a fully rigged stage, sound and lighting system. It contains a 1000 seat hall, 100 seat theatre, large orchestral, drama and band practice rooms plus a series of small practice rooms and class rooms. The design was based on a first principles analysis of the functional requirements of the music and drama program, the lecture and assembly needs of the college and the commercial aspects of renting the space.

There was a strong focus on the most cost effective construction method and the most cost efficient operational model. The building can essentially be run by one person. There are no decorative elements, every part of the building has a functional purpose. The end result is a fully equipped multi-purpose performing arts building that exceeds the performance of many State capitol performing arts centres, built and fitted out for under $13M. This is a fraction of the cost of similar quality halls in Australia and has been achieved by applying years of experience in delivering cost effective buildings that are focussed on their function to this particular brief.