About the project
State heritage listed Thomas Dixon Centre is revitalised as a centre of wellness, art, and performance for the Queensland Ballet, with the design expertise of Conrad Gargett.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Li Cunxin and Executive Director Dilshani Weerasinghe, Queensland Ballet’s vision is to deliver world-class productions, become a leader on the international stage and enrich lives through ballet.
Conrad Gargett worked closely with the company to enrich the historic Thomas Dixon Centre, which enables Queensland Ballet to further expand and shine on the global stage. The existing space is renovated and extended, providing additional facilities for the company and ballet patrons and engagement with the wider community.
This redevelopment enables the company to accommodate a larger ensemble of dancers, expand dancer training programs and enhance community initiatives.
Queensland Ballet’s visionary development strategy is strongly underpinned by their pillars of art, people, home and wellness. The design of the refurbishment and extensions embody the vision for Queensland Ballet providing new world class facilities for the company including: refurbished and new dance studios; a Performance Studio Wellness Centre; expanded wardrobe and production facilities – where the public can catch a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes; as well as shared café and function spaces.
The new additions are setback from the heritage building creating a new central promenade, a focal point for Queensland Ballet and the community, where the Thomas Dixon and Queensland Ballet story will be experienced.
“As Project Architect, Tamarind (Conrad Gargett) has been instrumental in articulation and illustration of Queensland Ballet’s design vision… developing into a subject matter expert, sympathetic to the complexities of the workflows and operations of the Company and the artform.”
Lucas Gilroy, Head of Precinct, Queensland Ballet and Melissa Godwin, Precincts Project Manager, Queensland Ballet
2023 AIA Architecture Awards — The Harry Marks Award For Sustainable Architecture, Queensland State Award
2023 AIA Architecture Awards — Award For Heritage Architecture, Queensland State Award
2023 AIA Architecture Awards — Award For Public Architecture, Queensland State Award
2023 AIA Architecture Awards — Colorbond® Award For Steel Architecture, Queensland State Award
2023 AIA Architecture Awards — Commendation Heritage Architecture
2023 AIA Architecture Awards — Commendation Public Architecture
2023 AIA Architecture Awards — Commendation Sustainable Architecture