Geelong Arts Centre

After being designated a UNESCO Creative City in 2017, the regional city of Geelong needed an Arts Centre that befit its growing reputation as a design-forward artistic hub.

The A$38.5 million Geelong Arts Centre redevelopment is a striking, translucent building that dramatically reveals a once-hidden heritage church on the site. The Ryrie Street Redevelopment will embed Geelong Arts Centre as the region’s innovative, contemporary heart.

Our design is all about improving the arts experience for visitors. The new building better connects the Playhouse Theatre and studios and opens up the Centre as a cultural hub for the city and beyond. We’ve carved out new communal internal spaces for the thriving arts community, including two new levels of foyer, a bar area, state-of-the-art rehearsal studios and space for arts organisations to work.

The building form and façade presents as a lively, engaging and confident new identity for the Arts Centre. Aside from serving as the new foyer for the Playhouse and future Church Theatre, a new ground floor and balcony will provide a unique public space for the local community.

With increasing awareness that investment in the arts is critical to vibrant public life, community pride and economic growth, Geelong has set itself up for an exciting – and creative – future.


Development Victoria, Creative Victoria, Geelong Arts Centre


Wadawurrung Country
Geelong, Australia







Design team

Mark Loughnan, Ben Duckworth, Harley Vincent, Scott Walker, Adriano Denni, Matthew Irvine, Steven Chiu, Kevin Cullis, Lance White, Bobby Wong, Yoshia Kashima, Ryan Jayamaha, Prue Pascoe, Clare Chippendale, Simon Rich, Noushin Atrvash, Ecknaath Bala, Jerome Delaunay, Lauren Geschke, Andrea Giuradei, Jacqui Low, Leah Hudson-Smith, Marine Rouanet, Anthony Thevenon, Mia Willemsen


Rory Gardiner

Geelong Arts Centre Ryrie Street redevelopment is more than just a stunning architectural addition to the city. It’s been designed to be used and enjoyed by the local community.”

Christine Couzens MP Member for Geelong
2.4k sqm of translucent u-channel’ glass in the façade
15k performers per year
4x custom-built performance and rehearsal spaces

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