Hawthorn Town Hall Refubishment…

I was commissioned to photograph the Hawthorn Town Hall prior to it’s refurbishment a little over a year ago, and as the project nears completion I am again back documenting the changes. The refurbishment was designed and overseen by Peddle Thorp Architects at a cost of approximately $17.9 million.

The creative brief by Peddle Thorp was to ‘create a coherent and open cultural facility to accommodate the visual and performing arts and provide spaces to accommodate a variety of public functions’. Having photographed the building in it’s original incarnation, I am able to see just how cleverly (and sensitively) the heritage space has been redeveloped, maintaining and respecting the beauty of the original while at the same time introducing a whole new space for art exhibitions, offices and a retail experience.

At the time of writing, I am still awaiting the green light to be able to photograph the exterior by day, as well as some of the interiors.

Hawthorn Arts Centre refurbishment by Peddle Thorp Architects - © Michael Evans Photographer 2013  - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Hawthorn Arts Centre at dusk © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hawthorn Arts Centre refurbishment by Peddle Thorp Architects - © Michael Evans Photographer 2013  - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
The main foyer at Hawthorn Arts Centre © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hawthorn Arts Centre refurbishment by Peddle Thorp Architects - © Michael Evans Photographer 2013  - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Hawthorn Arts Centre main hall view from the upper balcony. © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hawthorn Arts Centre refurbishment by Peddle Thorp Architects - © Michael Evans Photographer 2013  - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Hawthorn Arts Centre restored original courthouse… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hawthorn Arts Centre refurbishment by Peddle Thorp Architects - © Michael Evans Photographer 2013  - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Hawthorn Arts Centre main hall. © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hawthorn Arts Centre refurbishment by Peddle Thorp Architects - © Michael Evans Photographer 2013  - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Hawthorn Arts Centre restored mayor’s chambers © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hawthorn Arts Centre refurbishment by Peddle Thorp Architects - © Michael Evans Photographer 2013  - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
The new gallery space awaiting the first exhibition… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hawthorn Arts Centre refurbishment by Peddle Thorp Architects - © Michael Evans Photographer 2013  - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Hawthorn Arts Centre main hall angle view from the upper balcony. © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hawthorn Arts Centre refurbishment by Peddle Thorp Architects - © Michael Evans Photographer 2013  - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
The clever sliding door walls that can encompass a multitude of space requirements with speed and ease… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hawthorn Arts Centre refurbishment by Peddle Thorp Architects - © Michael Evans Photographer 2013  - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Stairway with original stained glass piece… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hawthorn Arts Centre refurbishment by Peddle Thorp Architects - © Michael Evans Photographer 2013  - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Hawthorn Arts Centre main hall view from the stage. © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hawthorn Arts Centre refurbishment by Peddle Thorp Architects - © Michael Evans Photographer 2013  - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Gallery view… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hawthorn Arts Centre refurbishment by Peddle Thorp Architects - © Michael Evans Photographer 2013  - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Original seal detail from a leather embossed table top in one of the meeting rooms… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hawthorn Arts Centre refurbishment by Peddle Thorp Architects - © Michael Evans Photographer 2013  - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
The Hawthorn Arts Centre’s upstairs foyer © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hawthorn Arts Centre refurbishment by Peddle Thorp Architects - © Michael Evans Photographer 2013  - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Hawthorn Arts Centre logo © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hawthorn Arts Centre refurbishment by Peddle Thorp Architects - © Michael Evans Photographer 2013  - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Hawthorn Arts Centre at night © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

A link to the full redevelopment story at the Australian Design Review can be found here : http://www.australiandesignreview.com/architecture/36075-hawthorn-town-hall-redevelopment-by-peddle-thorp-architects

A further link with some other of my images being used by Epicure : http://www.epicure.com.au/venues/venue/hawthorn-arts-centre-melbourne

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