Geelong Arts Centre Stage 2 – Foyer Lighting
Geelong Performing Arts Centre has been a well used arts precinct in Geelong for many professional and buddings artists. GPAC was a constant busy hub of creative goings on around Geelong, an absolute gem among the Geelong community. Hassell Architects were engaged to open up the Ryrie Street entrance that was once hidden behind shops. Once the old shops were pealed away, the heritage church that had been hidden for decades, now stands proud against the new grand Ryrie Street Entrance to the Arts. Geelong Performing Arts became Geelong Arts Centre as the new design opened up to different arts communities. Aecom were engaged as Electrical Engineers for GAC Stage 2, they quickly reached out to Bluelab Design. Greater City of Geelong like to have local businesses engaged for their community developments, it was fitting that Bluelab’s experience in feature lighting and community building lighting add to the experience team on this iconic project.
The foyer has a feature mesh ceiling with suspended large LED disks behind. The lighting cascades through the feature ceiling, reminiscent of a theater gel. The foyer has many carefully designed elements that do not detract from the heritage church wall exposed through the theater.
The Rover Disk LED lights were supplied in 1200mm dia, 900mm dia, 600mm dia and 380mm dia mounted randomly along the ceiling line. Inground uplights add drama to the heritage bluestone walls and the soft flowing adjacent timber wall. Low glare, wide beam down lights highlight the lift lobbies.
The benefit for Kane Construction and Anova using a local lighting manufacturer and supplier was invaluable during the project. Bluelab stored the large lights within our local warehouse and delivered the fittings as they were needed. Being only 5 minutes from site, we were able to visit site as problems invariably arose. Bluelab’s commitment to GAC surpassed just a lighting supplier as we continually were hands on in support for the project. Bluelab’s years of experience and highly technical support staff were able to respond to every question, change and problem arising from the project.
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Photography: Rory Gardner
AND Ruby Athanatos