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Above: Billard Leece Partnership and Bates Smart, Royal Children’s Hospital. Photo: John Gollings
Melbourne’s new Royal Children’s Hospital was the big winner at this year’s AIA Victorian Architecture Awards, receiving three of the key awards at a ceremony held at Crown Palladium on Friday 29 June.
Billard Leece Partnership and Bates Smart’s project was presented with the Victorian Architecture Medal, The Melbourne Prize and the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture. Jury chair Shelley Penn said of the project: “The hospital makes a breathtaking contribution to Melbourne’s civic realm. Nature as a way of healing permeates every aspect of the building with organic forms and colour, a variety of visual delights and abundant natural light.”
McLashan Everist was presented with two awards for the firm’s work on the Academic Centre at Ormond College, first built in 1961 by Frederick Romberg. Jurors praised the rejuvenation of this building, which “set[s] a new standard in education design”, awarding the project both the John George Knight Award for Heritage Architecture and the Marion Mahony Award for Interior Architecture.
A number of regional projects were recognised at the awards, including NH Architecture’s Saltwater Coast Lifestyle Centre, recipient of the Sir Osborn McCutcheon Award for Commercial Architecture; the William Buckley Bridge at Barwon Heads by Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design, winner of the Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design; and Searle x Waldron’s The Annexe Art Gallery of Ballarat, recipient of the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture. The New Hammond Fellowship Centre in Warnambool by Harmer Architecture was awarded the Regional Prize.
In the residential categories, Robert Simeoni Architects was rewarded for the studio’s “comprehensively unique and exciting” Queensberry Street House, while Six Degrees Architects’ Heller Street Park and Residences was the recipient of the Best Overend Award for Multiple Housing. Described as a “breakthrough for design and sustainability,” this project was also recognized with the Sustainable Architecture Award.
Baracco + White’s Garage + Deck + Landscape was presented with the Small Project Architecture award, recognised for its deft handling of small space to craft a “clever and subtle synthesis”. The National Gallery of Victoria, built in 1968 by by Sir Roy Grounds, was the recipient of the Enduring Architecture Award.
Stuart Harrison was twice recognised for his contribution to architecture media, receiving one national Bates Smart Award for Architecture in the Media for his book Forty Six Square Metres of Land Doesn’t Normally Become a House, published by Thames & Hudson. Harrison and Simon Knott were presented with the second national award for their ‘Good, Bad or Ugly‘ TV segments in the ABC Art Nation series.
The state architecture in the media award was presented to POST Magazine Editorial Team, while two special awards were presented to Philip Goad and Julie Willis for their Encyclopaedia of Australian Architecture, and the Melbourne Open House 2011 team.
In total, 65 state prizes and commendations were awarded, selected from 260 entries. The winners of the named and state awards will now be considered for the National Architecture Awards, to be held in Perth on 1 November.