2019 Victorian Architecture Awards

   

The 2019 Victorian Architecture Awards Winners were announced on Friday 28th June. The OVGA congratulates all the winning projects, chosen from a strong field of work which represents some of the best new architecture in Victoria.

For the first time, all shortlisted projects were identified alongside the land of the Registered Aboriginal Parties they are located within. The OVGA congratulates the Australian Institute of Architects for this important step. Maps with all works can be seen here External link.

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Victorian Chapter President Amy Muir said that the awards are a time for architects to celebrate and reflect on the inherent value that collaboration brings to the process of delivering holistic and compelling outcomes for the evolution of Victoria’s built landscape. ‘The awards program provides us with the opportunity to celebrate the exceptional work of our members, recognising those who have demonstrated tenacity and care to deliver meaningful contributions to our evolving state.’

The OVGA, through their central role as the government’s adviser on architecture and urban design, was involved in a number of the award-winning buildings.

The Victorian Design Review Panel (VDRP) within the OVGA provided advice on seven award winning projects. The following projects were presented to the VDRP between 2013 and 2017: 

  • RACV Cape Schanck Resort by Wood Marsh Architecture
  • Port of Sale by fjmt
  • Frankston Station by Genton
  • Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Expansion by NH Architecture and Woods Bagot
  • Sacred Heart Building Abbotsford Convent Foundation by Kerstin Thompson Architects
  • Bendigo Soldiers’ Memorial Institute by Lovell Chen, and
  • Swan Street Bridge Upgrade by BKK Architects with McGregor Coxall and Relume

All projects were interrogated during development stage to raise the design aspiration and realise best value. The VDRP process provides independent feedback and design advice to client and project teams, to assist significant projects to achieve the best possible outcomes for the Victorian public.

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 Courtyard of the Sacred Heart building at Abbotsford Convent by Kerstin Thompson Architects. Photograph by Derek Swalwell

The winning project in the Heritage category, the Sacred Heart Building at Abbotsford Convent by Kerstin Thompson Architects, is one example of this. At the Design Review Panel in February 2016, the OVGA advised on materials, heritage protection, procurement, circulation and the degree of intervention and design. The OVGA advocated further funding models to help deliver the best outcome for the client. The architect’s light touch was fundamental to protecting the significance and legibility of the heritage fabric. As noted by the awards jury, “A heavier hand would have inscribed a more pronounced newness. The approach here is one of balance and appropriateness.”

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 Artist studios in the Sacred Heart building by Kerstin Thompson Architects. Photograph by Derek Swalwell.

Other awards projects the OVGA was involved with include:

The Port of Sale by FJMT Architects was awarded both the Regional Prize for Architecture and the Public Architecture, Architecture Award.

The OVGA reviewed pre-existing concept plans, which limited the project’s potential and recommended that Council redraft the brief and reissue the Expression of Interest with a stronger emphasis on design-based evaluation criteria. This resulted in the selection and contracting of an award-winning architectural practice with the capability to turn this significant regional project into a vibrant cultural hub. Through targeted and strategic advice, the OVGA enabled and supported Council to be a smart client, broadening its understanding of the long-term value of good design.

“The OVGA assisted with the Sale Cultural Hub project by providing input to the architect tender evaluation; concept and detailed design review and impartial advice regarding suitability of pricing for consultant services. We found the OVGA to be highly professional, collaborative and independent and we greatly valued its services.” Wellington Shire Council

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Port of Sale by fjmt. Photograph by John Gollings.

South Melbourne Primary School by Hayball Architects was shortlisted in the Education category.

The OVGA provided design advice during schematic design and design development for the South Melbourne Primary School by Hayball Architects. The OVGA helped guide the project through a variety of design challenges, including a nearby high-pressure gas line and light rail, an unusually large community of 500 students and a priority for the school to also cater for broader community uses. This included an early learning centre and several multi-purpose sports courts. The OVGA brokered a constructive and collaborative design discussion between the local council, architects and Department of Education and Training. Maximising amenity, the project now features a fenceless ground-level as a shared public park, the vertical stacking of gymnasiums and maximum transparency within the building’s interior. To help enhance both the ambition and understanding of all collaborating parties, the OVGA provided a range of internationally leading precedents.

“With our focus sharpened by the OVGA’s expert design input, we’re creating an exceptionally high-quality space that can be shared with the community so that the school is fully embedded in neighbourhood life.” Richard Leonard, Director, Hayball

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South Melbourne Primary School by Hayball. Photograph by Dianna Snape.

The winning projects from the Victorian awards will now go on to the National Australian Institute of Architects Awards, which will be announced in November.

You can see more about the winning Victorian projects here External link.

Other awards projects the OVGA was involved with include:

The Port of Sale by FJMT Architects was awarded both the Regional Prize for Architecture and the Public Architecture, Architecture Award.

 

The OVGA reviewed pre-existing concept plans, which limited the project’s potential and recommended that Council redraft the brief and reissue the Expression of Interest with a stronger emphasis on design-based evaluation criteria. This resulted in the selection and contracting of an award-winning architectural practice with the capability to turn this significant regional project into a vibrant cultural hub. Through targeted and strategic advice, the OVGA enabled and supported Council to be a smart client, broadening its understanding of the long-term value of good design.

 

“The OVGA assisted with the Sale Cultural Hub project by providing input to the architect tender evaluation; concept and detailed design review and impartial advice regarding suitability of pricing for consultant services. We found the OVGA to be highly professional, collaborative and independent and we greatly valued its services.” Wellington Shire Council

 

South Melbourne Primary School by Hayball Architects was shortlisted in the Education category.

 

The OVGA provided design advice during schematic design and design development for the South Melbourne Primary School by Hayball Architects. The OVGA helped guide the project through a variety of design challenges, including a nearby high-pressure gas line and light rail, an unusually large community of 500 students and a priority for the school to also cater for broader community uses. This included an early learning centre and several multi-purpose sports courts. The OVGA brokered a constructive and collaborative design discussion between the local council, architects and Department of Education and Training. Maximising amenity, the project now features a fenceless ground-level as a shared public park, the vertical stacking of gymnasiums and maximum transparency within the building’s interior. To help enhance both the ambition and understanding of all collaborating parties, the OVGA provided a range of internationally leading precedents.

 

“With our focus sharpened by the OVGA’s expert design input, we’re creating an exceptionally high-quality space that can be shared with the community so that the school is fully embedded in neighbourhood life.”  Richard Leonard, Director, Hayball

 

The winning projects from the Victorian awards will now go on to the National Australian Institute of Architects Awards, which will be announced in November.
You can see more about the winning Victorian projects here

https://architectureau.com/articles/2019-victorian-architecture-awards/

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