PLC Performing Arts Centre

PLC Performing Arts Centre

The Presbyterian Ladies College’s Performing Arts Centre, designed by Cox, is a living program for the performance of music and drama; with the 550-seat Music Recital Auditorium at the heart of the building.

The Auditorium is used for a variety of musical and dramatic performances and school community functions, and features undulating timber-clad walls that are both visually striking and acoustically functional.

A generous lobby and multi-level atrium with a major interconnecting staircase are characterised by daylight, creating a learning environment that is connected to the grounds of the College.

Conceived as a place to perform, rehearse, discuss, teach and learn, the centre is a vital element of the cultural life and identity of PLC.

Specialist music rehearsal spaces with 8-metre-high ceilings together with smaller studio spaces and classrooms will inspire state of the art teaching and purpose-built learning environments for a new generation of musicians and actors at PLC.

Project Details

Project size – 6,680 m2
Completion date – 2017
Building levels – 4

Project Team



COX is a design-focused contemporary architectural practice with studios located in every major Australian city and a history spanning 60 years.

Key to their ethos is supporting the public life of our cities. Cox does this by ensuring each project makes positive contributions to its public realm – giving more than it takes.


Peter Clarke

Peter is an established photographer with over 20 years’ experience in his field. Over the years, Peter has gained extensive knowledge and experience documenting the built environment, as well as natural and man-made landscapes.

His collaborative approach and strong vision has seen his unique graphic style applied to a wide range of industries including architecture, construction, mining and aviation.

Peter works with a diverse range of clients including architects, design practices, government bodies, listed companies, and publishers.

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Presbyterian Ladies College’s Performing Arts Centre
The Presbyterian Ladies College’s Performing Arts Centre, designed by Cox, is a living program for the performance of music and drama.
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