Off the back of its groundbreaking work on the Victorian Pride Centre, this project has been nominated for an award at the upcoming 2021 Master Builders Victoria Building Excellence Awards.
Set to be announced on 20 January, the Australian privately owned commercial building contractor is being judged under the Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $30M-$80M category. Each nominee will be examined on level of innovation, quality of construction, management, and overall scope of work.
According to Richard Hansen, Victoria State Manager of Hansen Yuncken, regardless of the outcome, the project team is proud to have been nominated for this award. “At Hansen Yuncken, we deliver iconic, forward-thinking building designs.
The project made waves in 2021 after becoming Australia’s first purpose-built LGBTIQ+ community hub, developed to celebrate the community’s achievements, as well as Australia’s cultural and social diversity.
This flagship project in St Kilda, Melbourne, is unlike any other in Australia – if not the world. With barely a straight edge in sight, the bespoke building overlooks Port Phillip Bay and the city skyline. Spanning 9,600m2 the centre houses 15 organisations, a communal ground floor of shared workspaces, a theatrette, a gallery, the Australian Queer Archives, and a rooftop garden.
“We have a desire to take on challenges, seeking pioneering projects that raise the bar for all construction. I’d like to thank each and every one of our team for their dedication in helping deliver this particularly challenging project despite the unique challenges of COVID-19 and the building’s numerous complex design elements.
“This centre is hoped to become a nationally recognised Melbourne Icon. Bringing this project to life has been a major achievement for all involved,” added Mr Hansen.
The building was designed by St Kilda-based Grant Amon Architects and Brearley Architects & Urbanists, and was supported by the Victorian Government, City of Port Phillip, philanthropy and LGBTIQ+ community members.