Corpus Christi College Theatre

Corpus Christi College


Bateman, Western Australia


McCorkell Constructions


Complete May 2019


Silvertone Photography


New College theatre.

A theatre is unique to each client; in this case it needed to be a statement about the College with the goal of maximising learning opportunities. It had to be advanced in technology with the ability to adapt now and in the future. It needed to be both striking and elegant.

Notable features include:

- Multi-functional orchestra pit allowing for 3 variations: orchestra / pit level; audience level for additional temporary seating; and stage level allowing for a thrust stage

- Bespoke acoustic Tasmanian Oak panels creating a pitch perfect experience for both performer and audience no matter that performance mode

- Contemporary Corpus Christi College branding from burgundy carpet, mahogany stained doors, lava red Alucobond and bespoke statement LED neon logo

We utilised texture and tone throughout the design and in the material choice. A combination of Equitone 'Linea' and flat profiles, cut into a triangular pattern on the façade, gives a unique texture to the theatre. Transparency into the foyer celebrates the user experience and lightens the bulk of the building. Tasmanian Oak, in both hardwood format and veneer, from timber slats, lapped timber, to perforations and angular acoustics panels, provide a multitude of opportunities to explore the depth of the material. We stained the Tasmanian Oak to highlight feature areas, utilising natural ways to incorporate the rich Corpus Christi College burgundy branding into the design. The intricacy of details and materials engage the users to appreciate the connections that complement one another.

Master Builders Excellence in Construction Awards 2019 - Best Education Building $5 - $10 million (joint winner)

AIA (Western Australia) Lighting Awards 2020 - Shortlisted (bespoke neon logo)