This 42,000-square-meter convention center is an adaptable and dynamic meeting space that connects to the city it serves. This project exemplifies Woods Bagot’s multidisciplinary expertise that is able to blur boundaries between workplace, hospitality, and education.
The new East Building is shaped by the unique internal features and takes advantage of panoramic views of the nearby riverbank parklands. In contrast to the buildings around it, its appearance is inspired by the naturally weathered monolithic rocks known throughout the neighboring landscape with areas such as Uluru and Kangaroo Island.
The rust-colored zinc panels pay homage to the Australian red earth and rock formations and provides a slightly crinkled, tiled texture with several panels to soften the appearance of the large walls.
Numerous “moving parts” are incorporated to maximize the flexibility of the facility’s interiors and provide a series of different configurations and meeting spaces. These features include operable walls, two 300-seat auditoria, and six massive hinged panels of tiered seating that can be activated to reveal a flat floor capable of exhibition or banquet mode events. Additionally, it has the ability to provide over 3,000 seats during large events and can be divided to provide a range of smaller tiered seating venues and meeting rooms to increase the overall facility capacity and enhance the ACC’s ability to attract world-class events.