A light box, a sound box, a treasure box and an outdoor space together create a stage for users of the new Moonah Arts Centre (MAC) to exhibit, perform, make and relate. The four principal spaces are expressed by bold forms and distinctive cladding materials which emphasise their different functions. They are flexible and interlinked encouraging user ingenuity in how they use the centre. The stripped back architectural aesthetic means user activity and stories become central to the life and identity of the centre. Environmentally sustainable design (ESD) and socially sustainable design are core design principles.
A public forecourt open to Albert Road links to and enhances the liveable urban space of Moonah Main Road. This “civic” type space, much needed in Moonah, is a social destination where anyone can meet or hang out. A sliding steel gate by artist Michael Schlitz isolates or integrates the MAC workshop courtyard from / with this public area as suits events.
MAC is a landmark building with a unique sense of place in Moonah. It is an accessible and transformational centre for community arts development, individual personal development and for community building. The design invites participation through interaction, observation or contemplation and experiences, memories and stories are the ever changing and richly layered embellishment of the building.