Federation Hall – University of Melbourne

Located within the University's Southbank campus just south of the Yarra and amongst Melbourne city's cultural hub. Federation Hall is a robust and varied venue supporting the many disciplines on offer through the Victorian College for the Arts and The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Completed over two stages, it's a multi-purpose venue for multi-purpose needs.

Many disciplines, many needs

Federation Hall is a 220 seat multipurpose venue tucked amongst the bustling, beautiful and oft surprising Victorian College for the Arts campus. It hosts lectures, film screenings and performances for music, theatre and dance. Over two build stages the extensive fit-out has been upgraded to meet and serve the rigorous demands of a varied faculty body throughout. The venue has been designed to be used as simply or as complex as per discipline requirement. Completed in 2014, the project over embraced and countered the many challenges of an AV install of this size. An excellent collaboration between all stake-holders in delivering a multi-purpose venue that reflects and serves the diverse nature of the varied faculty and teaching needs ongoing.

Installation and system design

The lead AV consultant on the project was Parity Technology Consulting and the project was integrated by Soundcorp. The venue boasts a beautiful stage with a glorious Bosendorfer piano permanently in place along with theatre lighting and rigging throughout. It has a 8m wide, 360-inch retractable screen, two digital projectors (one high lumens full HD dedicated for Film and TV requirements) along with a 35mm film projector. Program audio and speech are accompanied by a Krix 7.1 surround sound configuration controlled by ways of a QSC processor. The audiovisual heart of the venue is an Extron XTP system and the control is achieved through AMX processors and panels. Both lectern and technician bio-box have touch panel control of the system to enable the most basic of teaching along with complex recital and performance needs.

Outcomes

Completed in 2014, the project over its two stages embraced and countered the many challenges of an AV install of this size. An excellent collaboration between all stake-holders in delivering a multi-purpose venue with as much user control as possible towards its configuration based upon the need.

 

Image Credits: Gary Drain, Lee Mcrae, Scott Morrison