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TROCADERO
Former indoor roller skating rink, Newtown, NSW

Completion: 2007 - ongoing
Client: Fuel VFX

Adaptive Re-use with New Works

The Trocadero was originally designed as an indoor roller skating rink at the height of the 1880s economic boom when roller skating was the fad. It is a grand Flemish Gothic style commercial building that included not the rink, a café, oyster bar, club rooms and salons.

Soon after its completion, however, the 1890s recession hit, leaving the building to slump into anonymity. Since then it has been adapted to a wide variety of uses until the building gradually fell into disrepair and was eventually vacated in 1995. It is now listed on the NSW State Heritage Register.

Design 5 worked with Spangenberg + Park to revitalise this amazing structure, through transformation into a state of the art 21st century computer animation and visual effects studio for Fuel VFX. Theatres, studio spaces and meeting rooms were inserted into the main hall in a way which appreciated its grand scale and special qualities.

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