ASB Waterfront Theatre
Wynyard Quarter, Auckland
The ASB Waterfront Theatre is the home Auckland’s flagship professional theatre company, the Auckland Theatre Company. The theatre complex includes a 660 seat performing arts theatre along with bar, café, gallery and back-of-house spaces.
Marshall Day Acoustics worked as part of the design team with Moller Architects, eCubed Building Workshop and others to create a world-class drama theatre.
Our scope included the entire complex including the theatre, bar, café, gallery, back-of-house and plantroom spaces, with responsibility for the:
- Internal room acoustics
- Sound insulation design
- Control of mechanical services noise
The design of the theatre included extensive ODEON acoustic modelling, 3D ray-tracing and the design of reflecting, absorbing and diffusing surfaces, along with control of intrusive noise to ensure excellent speech clarity.
The theatre space has been described as a “cedar crucible”. The concave curved form of the theatre had significant potential for detrimental acoustic effects such as sound-focussing and echoes. Custom designed diffusing/absorbing treatments were used on the rear curved walls to avoid detrimental sound-focusing and echoes, whilst preserving the architectural concept.
The flytower is surrounded by noisy plantrooms on three sides at the upper levels. Achieving cost-effective, buildable solutions to control break-out noise from these plantrooms was quite challenging given a fixed budget, earthquake requirements for flexible joints and the numerous penetrations required for services. We worked closely with Hawkins Construction to find solutions including sand-bagging of the gaps between the blockwork walls and floor slab above.