7 November 2016
Members of Victoria's innovative architecture community have been commended with praise and prizes at the National Awards of the Australian Institute of Architects 2016.
Melbourne-based ARM Architecture won the Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture for their Geelong Library and Heritage Centre project. Testament to the group's pioneering approach to public spaces, the magnificent dome structure was heralded by judges as "a vibrant and energised vertical village where the community can meet, collaborate, engage, learn and celebrate".
The National Award for Educational Architecture was awarded to Architectus for The Mandeville Centre, at Loreto Mandeville Hall, a girls' school in Toorak. Made to encourage interaction between students, the light-filled building was to the judges, " a fine example of an unashamedly contemporary building that nestles respectfully among buildings of the past to provide a unifying environment for the learning of the future."
Denton Corker Marshall won the Jørn Utzon Award for International Architecture for the Australian Pavilion in Venice. Nestled on the Rio dei Giardini canal, this contemporary building premiered in 2015 and will be the location of Tracy Moffatt's exhibition at the 2017 Venice Biennale.
Searle x Waldron Architecture of Melbourne picked up the Nicholas Murcutt Award for Small Project Architecture for The Maidstone Tennis Pavilion – a thoughtful, timber-clad addition to this 1950s clubhouse.
The Australian Institute of Architects is the peak body for the architectural profession in Australia; these annual awards recognise high quality, responsible and sustainable design projects.