Sydney Harbour was once a bustling seaport and industrial waterfront. The White Bay Power Station (WBPS) is a landmark industrial complex on the coast of White Bay. It has now become a forgotten monument to the 20th century, telling the history of the 20th century.
The entire Old Station should not be the economically optimal solution for commercialization. This site needs a holistic approach to combine as many usages as possible to make it have the greatest flexibility and sustainability, with respect to the existing building itself. The whole site has been designed into an Art Cultural Centre.
- Immersive theatre: A linear space with the upper "Bright Line" and the lower "Dark Line", plus a multi-purpose exhibition area with a sunken courtyard, is suitable for a variety of scripts. It can also be used as a gallery and exhibition centre. The entrance of the theatre is set as a cafe, which provides a rest area. The original staff dormitory area at the end of the theatre was transformed into a backstage, the management office and the dining area of the entire immersive theatre can be seen on the upper floor. On the upper floor, there is an Observation circulation hanging on the wall, and a new passageway is added at the same time a platform where the entire immersive theatre can be observed.
- Night Arcade: The landscape area formed by opening the entire bottom outer wall of the original Boiler House is an area open to visitors 24 hours a day. It can be used as a daily gathering and snack street for citizens, with independent toilets and shops open at night.
- Brewery: Adjacent to the Night Arcade, it occupies the original Coal handler and provides more night entertainment for the entire venue, with a stage where the band can enter.
- Amphitheatre: The amphitheatre connected to the sunken courtyard of the immersive theatre, an outdoor area open 24 hours a day like the Night Arcade and can be used as an outdoor extension of the immersive theatre.
- Main theatre: a two-story theatre capable of accommodating more than 1,000 people. The commercial space outside the theatre is used to arrange retail and leisure spaces.
- Museum: A museum telling the history of the White Bay Power Station itself and the industrial history of New South Wales in the 20th century, with a small library and leading to the immersive theatre itself. The non-enclosed exhibition area allows visitors to enjoy both the museum’s exhibition and the immersive theatre performance.
- Rooftop Live house: A large open roof area that can be used as a large live house, and at the same time as a gathering area at the highest point of the entire building, with excellent views and open space.
Rooftop Belvedere: The highest area of the entire building, as a leisure area, has a view of the entire White Bay.
A building can carry the memory of a city and tell a piece of history. How to make the extinguished fire of a forgotten building spark again is a question that must be considered in the development of a city. Abandoned buildings carry the history and soul of a place. And an excellent building should not be left behind by the times, should not be blocked, abandoned, or forgotten.