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Palais Theatre Refurbishment

Bringing a near 100-year old structure back to life

  • $26M

    Project Value

  • Melbourne, Victoria

    Melbourne, Victoria

Using a dynamic approach to revitalize an aging theatre

The Palais Theatre refurbishment was a significant council and state government initiative to restore the building’s damaged outdoor façade, as well as improve the deteriorating interior structure.

Our team was commissioned to undertake a detailed study of the condition of the existing Palais Theatre structure. We observed significant degradation due to the building’s near-coastal environment, with the roof, floor and existing façade—significant upgrades to maintain the building’s integrity and ensure longevity in performance.

Heritage requirements played an important part of the success of the refurbishment, and this was achieved using a detailed and considered approach with the architectural design team. Working with a near 100-year-old structure and construction methods, along with very minimal documentation available, required a very dynamic approach to achieving the design outcome.

On site testing, intrusive investigations and detailed analyses of load paths were necessary to achieving structural compliance and a level of comfort that the existing structure was suitable for the intended use. The design and approach ensured the ongoing performance of the building for decades to come.

At a Glance

Lovell Chen, Michael Taylor Architecture and Heritage
Winner of Best Heritage Development – 2019 Property Council of Australia Innovation & Excellence Awa

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