Newtown High School Performing Arts

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Australind WA

Structural Engineer:





CAM Bricklaying, A&A Building & Construction


CODA Studio in collaboration with Broderick Architects


Peter Bennetts

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Newtown High School Performing Arts

Sydney’s Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, a state government college, blends a conventional academic program with music, dance, drama and visual arts specialisations.

The need for a building to house rehearsal and performance workshop spaces was long recognised and required years of parent fundraising and lobbying of the Department of Education & Training (DET).

This time delay was a blessing in disguise, according to architect Tim Williams, as it gave the school community more ownership of the project and enabled him to consult widely.

Newtown High School Performing Arts
Newtown High School Performing Arts

However the ‘wow’ factor definitely comes with the south and east facades where brick’s inherent modularity is used to trumpet the school’s role and values.

“We played with the idea of the bricks almost as pixels on a computer screen, so the unit itself explores the whole concept of binary notation on the screen,” Williams explains. Traditional notation is also acknowledged including musical notes on staves and even a chord.

Newtown High School Performing Arts


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