The past year has been one where Australians in general, and Melburnians in particular, have been interacting with their homes more than usual. So it was interesting to see that Victorian Architects were well represented among the winners of the Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Awards for 2020, which were announced last week.
A total of 44 projects were recognised at the live streamed event, comprising 25 awards and 19 commendations that covered every state in the nation as well as the ACT. A total of 14 of these went to Victorian Architects, confirming our state’s place among the leading edge of architecture in 2020.
The recognition for Victorian projects ranged from Commercial and Educational Architecture to work with Heritage projects, Interior Architecture and, of course, Residential Architecture in both new projects and alterations.
Among the more prominent Victoria projects to gain recognition were:
- The Carlton Learning Precinct COLA – A deceptively humble transformation of an underused school site that created an outdoor room (covered outdoor learning area) in Palmerston Street, Carlton. His was recognised both in the Educational Architecture category, and in the National award for Steel Architecture.
- Napier Street by Milieu – This five-storey apartment building in Fitzroy took out the National Prize for Residential Architecture (Multiple Housing), as well as being commended in the Interior Architecture category.
- Regent Theatre – The recent renovation of this Melbourne landmark was recognised in the Heritage Architecture category.
- RaeRae House – This Melbourne project involved the combining of two adjoining terrace houses to create an unconventional yet effective family home (pictured) stretched between two streets.
As you can see, there are so many options available here in Victoria if you are looking for architectural innovation, whether you are planning to build a new home or transform an existing one. However, before you make the final decision on a major expense, it is important to ensure that you are not overcapitalising…particularly if you may be selling in the foreseeable future.
You may want to have a talk with one of the team at Ian Reid Vendor Advocates before you commit to major expenses, so don’t hesitate to call 9430 0000 if you are at all unsure. Of course, if you are considering a sale, be sure to make use of the helpful tips in our booklet, “Fatal Real Estate Traps Exposed”. You can download a free copy while you’re here.