Architecture competitions: good for design on so many levels

by Tess McCabe,

What better place to showcase some of Victoria’s newest and nicest Architectural creations than in block-y beauty of Lonsdale Street’s ‘Urban Workshop’ foyer.

The Exhibition of Entries Victorian Architecture Awards opened today, showcasing 184 award entries in 11 categories (including Commercial Architecture, Sustainable Architecture, Heritage Architecture and Residential Alterations & Additions), and the standard is impressive to say the least. Melbournites who revel in patronising the latest restaurants and bars to see what far out fit-outs they will encounter next, might have a minor coronary when they see that some lucky people actually reside in spaces that rival our cities most contemporary nightspots.

Students and potential entrants to future awards might also be interested in observing the entrant’s presentation tactics. As with most outstanding buildings, sometimes a single image is all it takes to impress the viewer. However many finalists have used their presentations as a platform to provide an insight into the underlying design brief and their response to it.

The winners of this year’s competition categories will be announced on Friday 4 July. But after seeing all the entrants side by side, one wonders how an architecture jury can come to such decisions? Luckily, the judges themselves are happy to explain. Six Floor Talks (see below) will be presented by jury members in the Urban Workshop foyer over the next couple of weeks. The Floor Talks will be divided into entry categories and will discuss the entry criteria, the winners and the decision-making process.

The Victorian Architecture Awards 2008 Entries exhibition (Presented by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA)) is open Tuesday 1 to Friday 25 July, from 7am to 7pm weekdays at the Urban Workshop, Ground Floor, 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Admission is free.

Floor Talk dates

Urban Workshop, Ground Floor, 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne – all start at 6pm

Tuesday 8 July – Interior Architecture

Wednesday 9 July – Public Architecture (New)

Thursday 10 July – Residential Architecture (Multiple), Small Architecture, Commercial Architecture & Urban Design

Tuesday 15 July – Residential Architecture (New)

Wednesday 16 July – Sustainable Architecture & Heritage

Thursday 17 July – Residential Architecture & Public Architecture (Alterations & Additions)

Registration is preferred but not essential. For more information visit the RAIA Victoria Events Calendar.

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One response to “Architecture competitions: good for design on so many levels

  1. Nice! Some really cool shots…

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