The Grimshaw-designed Sound Stage 6 presents itself as a calling card for international film and garden productions to travel to the Garden City’s Docklands Studios area.
The government funded project is fully up to date. Comprising a 17-meter high portico, wet stage facilities, high acoustic performance and optimal loading conditions, the shape of the building blends seamlessly with the other buildings in the compound. The scale and color of the structure give it inimitable qualities, making it the flagship space of the studio complex.
The challenge was to deliver a world-class, highly flexible soundstage on a very challenging site. Through his ingenuity and diligence, Grimshaw has satisfied all aspects of the brief and delivered a stage that will be used by Australian and international film and television, and will enhance the development of Melbourne’s screen industry” , said Rod Allan, retired CEO of Docklands Studios.
A 900,000 liter water tank gives productions the ability to shoot a multitude of underwater scenes, with an adjoining 1,900m² three-storey workplace providing international companies with more than enough space. space to operate effortlessly.
The design of the adjoining workplace continues the site-wide wayfinding theme that channels Andy Warhol’s work from Marilyn Monroe, with pops of orange, yellow, blue, aqua, red and pink. The color theme is reflected in the facade of the building, which is a prominent shade of pink.
The office building is expressed in large articulated blocks with deep openings to create exterior entrances and breakout spaces. External louvers reduce solar heat gain and glare, and maximize daylighting in the workplace.
Increasing the capacity of Docklands Studios by 60%, Sound Stage 6 is a welcome addition to an already iconic studio complex. Attracting the best of the best in film and television to shoot their programs in the heart of Melbourne, Grimshaw’s design is equally practical and striking, with the pink facade catching the eye of all onlookers within it.