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Berninneit Cultural & Community Centre

Berninneit Cultural & Community Centre

Location

Cowes, VIC

Client

Bass Coast Shire Council

Superintendent

Bass Coast Shire Council

Architect

Jackson Clement Burrows Architects

Contract Type

Design & Construct

$32.5m

Project value

22

Months to build

2023

Completed

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2024 AIA VIC State Architecture – William Wardell Award
  • Design & Construct
  • Environmentally Sustainable Design
  • Designed & Built for Passivhaus Certification
  • Highly Technical Audio-Visual Works
  • Mass Timber Structure
  • Highly Bespoke Design

The redevelopment of the former Cowes Cultural & Community Centre involved the complete replacement of the existing building with a new centre that pays homage to the area’s historical significance by incorporating elements of Bass Coast’s heritage into the design and build.

The new Berninneit supports a range of uses and includes a 260-seat theatre, a library, a gallery, a museum, offices, and community function spaces with a combined capacity of 400 people. The multi-purpose building aims to bring together the cultural and social aspirations of the community, encourage a range of activities and events, and draw in visitors to showcase the region’s rich history and culture. Accompanied by a kiosk and box office, the theatre features tiered seating and will show live performances with weekly screenings of contemporary cinema, whilst the gallery serves as a premier visual arts space showcasing contemporary art from local and international artists. Additionally, the centre will be home to the Phillip Island & District Genealogical Society and the Phillip Island Historical Society.

The stunning building was designed and built for Passivhaus certification, making it Bass Coast Shire Council’s most environmentally significant building, in line with the council’s Climate Change Action Plan. The contemporary design incorporates mass timber construction and maximises natural light with double-height spaces and floor-to-ceiling glazing.

The new Berninneit Cultural & Community Centre creates a dynamic and culturally vibrant space that enhances the lives of Phillip Island’s residents and contributes significantly to the cultural legacy of the Bass Coast region.

“A Passivhaus masterpiece, where the soul of art, performance, culture, and community is immortalised upon the canvas of Phillip Island for generations to come.”

Cr Michael WhelanMayor, Bass Coast Shire Council

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