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PHIVE Building One Year On

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Architects Thierry Lacoste of Lacoste + Stevenson and Richard Does of DesignInc lead a tour of Parramatta’s PHIVE civic, community and cultural hub one year after its opening. Designed in collaboration with French architect Manuelle Gautrand, PHIVE was conceived as a stage for the theatre of community life. It received a commendation for sustainable architecture and public architecture at the 2023 Australian Institute of Architects NSW Awards.

The tour explores spaces including the library, exhibition and event venues, creative maker zones, community meeting rooms, tech labs and sound studios.

PHIVE Building One Year On forms part of the Building Communities program curated by Kate Goodwin with Qianyi Lim from Architecture Amplified. This program explores the inter-relationship of architecture, community and equitable environments through a program of walks, talks and site-specific performances.


Richard Does is design director of DesignInc, specialising in precinct master planning and conceptual design for large-scale civic, transport, education and health developments. An award-winning architect with three decades’ experience, he led the DesignInc team for PHIVE from the competition stage in 2016 through to project completion.

Thierry Lacoste is co-founder of Lacoste + Stevenson, which has delivered significant buildings including the Sydney Customs House refurbishment, the Mount Penang Garden entry pavilions, University of Technology Sydney Central Broadway facade (with FJMT), and recently with DesignInc, the Ultimo Public School and PHIVE, Parramatta.



On Burramattagal land

5 Parramatta Square
Parramatta NSW 2150


$10 General
$8 Concession

16 September 2023

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PHIVE is the City of Parramatta's new community, cultural and civic hub, located in the heart of Parramatta's CBD at 5 Parramatta Square. The six-level building is home to the Parramatta Library, exhibition, events and community spaces to gather, learn, work, play and collaborate.

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