July 3, 2017
Assembly Apartments has taken out the 2017 Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (Multiple Housing) at the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Victorian Chapter. The awards were announced at a gala dinner on Friday 30th June in Melbourne. Fifty-eight awards and commendations were presented across 16 categories from a pool of 223 entries.
Woods Bagot Principal Peter Miglis said a strong partnership with developer Cbus Property enabled the project’s success.
“The journey of this unique project was made possible with the support of our client. We are thrilled to be recognised for this prestigious award in such a competitive market.”
The jury noted that ‘creating places for people’ was evident in all categories, showcasing architects’ ability to contribute to both the development of community and the public realm in a variety of positive and innovative ways.
Reflecting Woods Bagot’s people-centric approach to architecture that places users at the centre of design, Victorian Chapter President Vanessa Bird said that this year there was a focus on designing healthy, liveable spaces.
“Living and working in well-designed buildings influences the way we think and feel; it inspires and uplifts us, promotes wellbeing and health and can bring us together in new ways. The value of good architecture is about creating places for people.” she said.
The jury cited that ‘the carefully sculpted collection of buildings creates an inviting neighbourhood, a highly successful response to the urban planning constraints apparent on a large site with a complex topography. The laneways and central courtyards are further supported by roof terraces to provide the residents with a variety of open space and a strong community aspect. The scale of which are carefully considered to retain a sense of individuality.’
“An exemplary model of a large-scale development delivered with consideration for both its human and urban context.”
The full list of winners across all categories can be seen on the Architecture Au website. Projects that received an award will be considered for the National Architecture Awards, to be announced in Canberra in November.