Project name: Ferrars Street Education and Community Precinct
Architect: Hayball and Tract Consultants
Location: South Melbourne
The Ferrars Street Education and Community Precinct represents a total re-conceptualisation of an inner urban school and its wider surrounds. As a high density, 'vertical school' it has pioneered a new typology in educational building in Melbourne – a rare architectural achievement. The comprehensiveness of design engagement and the resultant development is beyond exemplary. The open forecourt arenas, and multi-stacked 'stages' mean the 'theatre' of the school’s every-day comings and goings are visible to the communities within and without, contributing to activation, safety and animation.
At the same time, compact efficiencies, sustainability measures, and optimisation of access to public transport reduce each child’s carbon footprint with every step. With its innovative ground-plane it stitches itself into the surrounding streetscapes, and as a radically re-imagined school and community centre it weaves itself into the future fabric of Fishermans Bend – creating a brilliant “school of the future” in the heart of our city.
Project name: South Melbourne Life Saving Club
Architect: Jackson Clements Burrows
Location: South Melbourne
The South Melbourne Lifesaving Club rehouses a beloved lifesaving club, offers multi-purpose facilities to the wider Port Phillip community, provides gracious, terraced public decks from which to enjoy the beach-scene, and straightens out an unsafe bike snarl adjacent to Beaconsfield Parade. All this through an outstanding building, set beautifully in its extraordinary setting.
The new club house has an elemental elegance – simple materials, simple forms, simple functions. This approach has ensured the architectural intangibles, which could so easily have been lost in all the long and gruelling cost-cutting and design-revision processes, have been held onto, through an efficient and elegant solution. Timeless style, robust materials, high sustainability, and an enhanced public realm – all combine to create an exemplary public building. As a finished product it is now loved, and as a place of lived-in community spirit, we await its evolution with great optimism.
Project name: Jackalope Pavillion
Architect: March Studio
Location: St Kilda
The Jackalope Pavilion is the temporary housing for the remarkable Rain Room art installation at the Prince Hotel, St Kilda. As a structure this place is remarkable in itself – beautiful, sophisticated, and intriguing, is it architecture, or is it sculpture? A public work of art, an elaborate packing case, or a suave graphic promotion?
Its ephemeral quality and its unexpected location have perhaps allowed an extra boldness in a heritage setting not contemplated by most public architecture. It is playful in its urban context, well-conceived, highly resolved and masterfully executed. Exquisitely gift-wrapping its extraordinary contents, it is itself an architectural gift to the city, even if only fleeting.
Project name: Albert Park College Environmental Arts Hub
Architect: Six Degrees Architects
Location: Albert Park
This education facility is an exemplar of adaptive reuse. It masterfully introduces appropriately proportioned and scaled new elements, and creates new spaces while respecting and showcasing the original buildings and layers of change that have occurred over time. The facility blends the use of existing heritage materials seamlessly with contemporary additions to create wonderful interiors for a learning and community space.
Project name: Point Ormond Amenities Block
Architect: Garner Davis Architects
The jury were impressed with this design project’s ability to complement the largely natural landscape, particularly given the high-profile site. The existing building has been preserved and great respect has been shown to Graham Gunn’s original design. The design increases light, improving internal amenity and perception of safety whilst maintaining privacy. Doing a dunny well is a trickier design task than many would first think!
Project name: The Gipson Commons, St Michael’s Grammar School
Architect: Architectus with St Michael's Grammar School
Location: St Kilda
This building was commended for its interesting and beguiling presentation to the street. Trailing greenery enhances the façade and complements the plane trees and streetscape in which the building finds itself. The internal design captures the light from the north and creates a wonderful learning environment.