Michael Fowler Centre

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Michael Fowler Centre
The Michael Fowler Centre from Whairepo Lagoon
General information
Type Concert hall and convention centre
Location Wellington
Coordinates 41°17′22″S 174°46′41″E / 41.289421°S 174.778053°E / -41.289421; 174.778053
Construction started 1980
Completed 1983
Technical details
Floor count 3
Design and construction
Architect Warren and Mahoney
Other designers Acoustic assistance from Professor A. Harold Marshall
Other information
Seating capacity seats up to 2,209 for concerts and has a classroom capacity for 1,035 persons

The Michael Fowler Centre is a concert hall and convention centre in Wellington, New Zealand. It was constructed on reclaimed land next to Civic Square, and is the pre-eminent concert site in central Wellington.

Commissioned in 1975, building began in 1980; the centre officially opened on September 16, 1983. It was designed by Miles Warren and Maurice Mahoney of Warren and Mahoney,[1] with acoustic assistance from Professor A. Harold Marshall,[2] formerly the Head of Auckland University's Acoustics Research Centre. It is named after the primary promoter of its construction, Sir Michael Fowler, at the time the mayor of Wellington.[3] The auditorium seats 2210 people during a concert, and 1035 during a classroom type event.

The centre is used by international and local acts, conferences, and summits; it is also the home of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and ARISE Church.[4]

The venue is now part of the Venues Wellington group of venues, managed by the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency.

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