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.
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