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Victorian AIA Awards celebrate Melbourne’s new arts landmarks

July 14, 2009

ARM’s Melbourne Recital Centre and MTC take celebrated AIA honours

The ["Melbourne Recital Centre and the Melbourne Theatre Company":http://www.australiandesignreview.com/projects/9850-Melbourne-Recital-Hall-MTC-Ashton-Raggatt-McDougall] by Ashton Raggatt McDougal have been awarded four of the most celebrated accolades at the 2009 Victorian Architecture Awards.

Neighbouring the National Gallery of Victoria, The Victorian College of Arts and the Australian Ballet Company, the Recital Centre and MTC buildings complete the Melbourne’s Southbank site, which has been envisioned as the city’s premiere arts precinct.

ARM was honoured with the 2009 Victorian Architecture Medal, the Marion Mahony Award for interior architecture and the Joseph Reed Award for urban design.

Chair of juries, Philip Goad, says, “The robust sculptural facades have already become iconic and the changes to traffic and pedestrian patterns at an urban level have transformed the area into an active domain”.

The top award for commercial architecture, the Sir Osborn McCutcheon Award, went to Durbach Block Architects for ["Headquarters Sussan Sportsgir":http://www.australiandesignreview.com/projects/9816-Sussan-and-Sportsgirl-headquarters-Durbach-Block-Architects]l in Richmond. Housing 5000m2 of offices, a private art gallery, corporate dining room, boardrooms and studios, the Headquarters caught the jury’s eyes with its interior detailing and subtle glass exterior.

McBride Charles Ryan won the Desbrowe-Annear Award for residential architecture for ["Letterbox House":http://www.australiandesignreview.com/design_wall/10796-Letterbox-House-McBride-Charles-Ryan], making it the second time the practice has won the award, having won it last year for ["Klein Bottle House":http://www.australiandesignreview.com/design_wall/11219-Klein-Bottle-House-McBride-Charles-Ryan].

Siglo rooftop bar, the crown on Con Christopoulos’ Spring Street epicurean establishment, was recognised with the Small Project Architecture Award, described by the jury as, “quintessentially Melbourne, with an understated sense of glamour”.

An exhibition of all Victorian Award entries is on display as part of the State of Design Festival. ["Guildford Lane Gallery, 20/24 Guildford Lane Melbourne,":http://www.australiandesignreview.com/events/12678-Victorian-AIA-2009-Awards-exhibition-floor-talks] until July 26.

For the complete list of winners across 11 categories see ["http://www.architecture.com.au/i-cms?page=13024":http://www.architecture.com.au/i-cms?page=13024]

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