The Piano

This music centre includes a 330-seat, raised stage auditorium, with acoustics designed to enhance the presentation of performance music to the fullest. The auditorium is suitable for large and small performances, drama, dance and music productions, recordings, festivals, lectures and workshops. It is  fully soundproofed and wired for the latest in lighting and audio/visual technologies. The stage will accommodate a choir of up to 120, an orchestra of 60-70 or a dance group of 30-40. 

Two smaller wooden sprung performance spaces, with a capacity for up to 60 and 120 people, are also being constructed, along with several “drop-in” studios, equipped with pianos and a meeting room for the not for profit community and other group meetings. The facility also includes a variety of soundproofed office spaces, designed to accommodate the business needs of music and related arts. 

The name “The Piano” reflects architect Alun Wilkie’s inspiration for the lines and shapes of his exterior design - the curves, rectangles and architectural details can all be traced to those of a grand piano. It is subtle, and the elements are reconfigured, but they are there to be seen by a keen eye. 

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Key project facts and awards

Client: Music Centre of Christchurch Trust Board
Commenced: June 2015
Completion: September 2016

Key project facts and awards

Client: Music Centre of Christchurch Trust Board
Commenced: June 2015
Completion: September 2016