About the project

Together, Wellington City Council, Victoria University of Wellington and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra plan to strengthen and redevelop the Wellington Town Hall and link it through dynamic architecture to adjoining buildings.

Disclaimer: Designs for the national music centre are still in the early stages of a consultation process; the design depicted in this animation is not final.

As home to the Victoria University of Wellington’s New Zealand School of Music and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, these buildings will become a national hub of musical innovation, creativity and excellence in the heart of New Zealand's capital city.

The centre will create new possibilities for exciting events, festivals and outreach activities as well as an outstanding education for the next generation of Wellington students.

The plans for the venture mirror similar precincts in the major creative cities of the world and will enhance Wellington’s reputation as a centre of creativity and innovation in the Asia–Pacific region.

Christopher Blake, Chief Executive NZSO

Christopher Blake QSO, Chief Executive, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Bringing together the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and New Zealand School of Music will produce a huge range of opportunities and benefits for musicians, students and audiences. A centre with industry standard recording facilities will make it even more attractive for film studios to use the orchestra, boosting our contribution to Wellington’s economy.