After months of deliberation the 2011 Victorian Architecture Awards have been handed down to a barrage of big name Victorian icons. Melbourne buildings performed well this year, taking out the top prizes in Victorian design.
The big winners were no surprise to most, with Melbourne’s AAMI Park by Cox architects taking out the Victorian Architecture Medal, the Melbourne Prize, the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture and the Colourbond Award for Steel Architecture. All of which are top Australian Institute of Architect’s Awards.
The project also known as the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium (MRS) has a capacity for 30,000 sporting spectators, covered by its most iconic feature – the bio-frame roof. This is described by the architects themselves as “a lightweight steel design based on the inherent structural efficiencies of the geodesic dome which allows for 50% less steel than a typical cantilever roof structure”.
Other prominent winners included 500 Bourke St. Podium Redevelopment by John Wardle Architects, who won the Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design and A’Beckett Tower by Eienberg Fraser who won the Colourbond Architecture Award.
The Sir Osborn McCutcheon Award for Commercial Architecture went to NH Architecture’s Myer Bourke Street Redevelopment. The redevelopment has gained national and international press for its state of the art design aspects.
The $225 million project boasts a six-storey atrium with its original, but updated, 1920’s Bourke St. façade, and opulent contemporary south facing little Bourke St. façade as focal points.
The building is described by the chairman of the commercial architecture jury, Paul Katsieris in a report by the Sydney Morning Herald as having ”re-imagined the department store as a light-filled cosmopolitan space, easily making connections with the city”.
Another well known winner was Studio 505’s Pixel building, which won the Award for Sustainable Architecture. The building is famous for being the country’s first and only carbon neutral office building, with a dazzling colourful façade.
Companies such as Bagot and Woods, Kerstin Thompson Architects and Six Degrees are just a tiny portion of the world class groups that stood behind winning designs.
The awards bring together the best in the business, in an open platform that allows the public and industry members insight into the intense work that goes into these award winning buildings. The competition has not only brought to light the hard work and impact of these designers and their projects, but offers to promote the industry at large.