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The Australian Institute of Architects has announced the winners of the 2010 Victorian Architecture Awards, with *[“The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre”:http://stage.australiandesignreview.com/projects/11306-Melbourne-Convention-Centre-NH-Architecture-Woods-Bagot]* scooping four of the top honours.
The project, by joint venture architects Woods Bagot and NH Architecture, received the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture; the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture; an Award for Sustainable Architecture as well as the highly regarded Melbourne Prize.
The convention centre was the first in the world to be awarded a 6 Star Green Star environmental rating, and was described by the jury as the most versatile and advanced convention and exhibition centre in the Southern Hemisphere.
Chair of Juries Sally Draper said the building had been carefully crafted to make it a significant architectural experience It is conscious that it is part of the tradition of architecture being in the frontline, making public spaces a significant part of Melbournes cultural reputation.
The top prize for commercial architecture, the Sir Osborn McCutcheon Award, was awarded to the *Port Phillip Estate Winery*, a project by Wood Marsh Architects the form of which was likened by the jury to an archaeological artefact revealed by drifting sands.
The *ANZ Centre* by HASSELL and Lend Lease received the Marion Mahony Award for Interior Architecture as well as a Commercial Architecture Award. The large commercial office building, which has achieved a 6 star green star rating, was briefed, designed and constructed over a five-year period. The jury said it was refreshing reminder of what can be achieved when there is an alignment of budget, an informed client, a committed builder and an experienced and imaginative design team.
In the residential awards, the *LyonHousemuseum* by Lyons won the Harold Desbrowe-Annear Award for Residential Architecture a project that features a delicate and confident weaving of a sensitive family home through the towering galleries and spaces. The Best Overend Award for Residential Architecture, Multiple Housing went to ARMs *1 East Melbourne*, a memorable and sculptural building that responds commendably to its various contexts; park, rail-yards and CBD, as well as civic scales; street, podium and tower.
The John George Knight Award for Heritage was presented to Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design for the *RMIT Building 9 Rooftop Extension*, which extends the purpose of the building in a masterful and sensitive way.
The Small Project Architecture Award was presented to Grant Amon + Nervegna Reed Architects, for the *Skipps Shade Structure* a container that has been transformed into a retractable shelter that has become a major social space of the school. In the Sustainability category, the top prize was awarded to Breathe Architectures *Seven Seeds* café located in a former warehouse, the café was commended for its potential as a model of how sustainability issues might best be considered as complex interconnected systems that have cultural, technological, economic and educational implications.
Wood Marshs *Eastlink Freeway* won the Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design, while the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture was presented to Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design for the *Deer Park Bypass*.
Of the 43 accolades announced, 37 winners of Victorian architecture awards move into national contention to compete against winners from around the country. The National Architecture Awards will be announced in Melbourne in late October.
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