New Frankston Station Opened

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 Image above: The new station entry, with light projections at the opening. Photo courtesy of LXRA.

The Frankston Station has been re-opened with bold new buildings and upgraded passenger amenities, as a fitting centrepiece for the revitalisation of central Frankston.

Read more: New Frankston Station Opened

MPavilion 2018 Opens

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Image above: Mpavilion by Carme Pinos, Photographer - John Gollings

The 2018 MPavilion, designed by architect Carme Pinós of Estudio Carme Pinós, is now open. The pavilion is the fifth architecture commission initiated by the Naomi Milgrom Fondation, which creates a place in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens for people to meet, learn and engage with ideas and design. From 9 October 2018 to 3 February 2019, the pavilion will be the focus of cultural events, including talks, performances, workshops, installations and gatherings. The pavilion fosters conversations with the community about the role of design, architecture and culture in supporting liveable, creative and equitable places. At the end of each season, the pavilion is gifted to Victoria and relocated to a new permanent home. 

Read more about the program or pavilion.

Mernda Rail Extension Open

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 Image above: Mernda Rail Extension Project - Middle Gorge Station, Photo Courtesy of Level Crossing Removal Authority

The Mernda Rail Extension Project (MREP) opened recently with much celebration for the Level Crossing Removal Program, the local community and the Office of the Victorian Government Architect. The project consists of eight kilometres of new rail line and three new stations, Mernda, Hawkstowe and Middle Gorge, with an expected 8000 passengers a day.

Read more about the project here.

Victorian Landscape Architecture Awards 2018

Darebin Yarra_Trail_Link Image above: Darebin Yarra Trail Link by VicRoads, photographer - Emma Cross.

The OVGA congratulates the winning landscape architecture teams recognised in the recent Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) Victorian Awards. The awards celebrate design excellence in Landscape Architecture. Several of the award winning projects were presented to the Victorian Design Review Panel, or had involvement from the OVGA. 

Bronwen Hamilton, Manager of the Victorian Design Review Panel was the awards jury chair. Bronwen was excited to see that this year’s entries “demonstrated the maturity of the profession but also investment in high-quality strategic and landscape design-led projects. We are fortunate to recognise an array of projects that enhance public spaces, engage with the community and exemplify enduring design.”

You can find out more about the award winning projects in Landscape Australia and read an interview with Bronwen speaking about her reflections on the 2018 awards here.

Film about Victoria's Government House launched

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 Image above: Victoria’s Government House and the Role of the Governor Film Series

Did you know, Victoria’s Government House, is the largest residential building in Australia? Learn more about the design of this significant heritage building and its legacy in this short film featuring Victorian Government Architect, Jill Garner and the Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC.

You can find out more about the history and contemporary uses of Government House, and the role of the Governor of Victoria, in the full series of films here

300th Design Review

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Image above: Shipwreck Coast Master Plan, Parks Victoria

Did you know the OVGA has a Victorian Design Review Panel? Recently we celebrated our 300th project review since the program started in 2012. We reviewed the first stage in the implementation of the Shipwreck Coast Masterplan led by Parks Victoria in August. The project encompasses a series of lookouts and a bridge along the Great Ocean Road. This will offer an enhanced visitor experience to this part of Victoria's coastline.

You can find out more about the Victorian Design Review Panel here.

Arts Centre Melbourne, Forecourt Cento Competition winner announced

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Image above: Café Cento by Cumulus Studio

The Arts Centre Melbourne Forecourt Cento Café Competition winner is Cumulus Studio. The design uses the café to create an opportunity for the theatre to have a presence on the street to engage with the passing public and to create a new visitor experience relating to Art Centre Melbourne’s brand. The design plays on the iconic and universally understood element of the theatre curtain as a device to signify 'open' and 'closed'.

Jury member David Islip noted that “the Cumulus submission successfully met the complex brief requirements with efficiency and clarity of design intent.”  The Competition Adviser was Andrew McKenzie of City Lab. The new Cento at Arts Centre Melbourne is expected to open for business by Christmas 2018. Read more about the competition and jury members here.

Indigenous Design Symposium

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Image above: Indigenous Design Symposium 2018, Artwork by Mick Harding and Frida Larios 

OVGA attended the inaugural Indigenous Design Symposium at the University of Melbourne and commends the organisers, led by Jefa Geenaway, for thought provoking, inspiring, highly educational and at times emotional conversations across the three day program. The stories told, knowledge shared and goodwill communicated raise the awareness of the value of indigenous design to architecture, landscape architecture and urban design. 

Australian Institute of Architects Constructive Mentoring Program

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Image above: David Islip presenting at AIA's Constructive Mentoring Program, Photographer - Kelsey Calder

Did you know that the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) have a 12-month mentoring program to provide guidance and support to young graduates and those re-entering the workforce? In July David Islip, Principal Adviser, Architecture + Urban Design, Office of the Victorian Government Architect, presented at the AIA’s - Constructive Mentoring Program. David reflected on his career path through the private and public sector and the role of the OVGA in design advocacy and advice across Government. David shared the importance of seeking out a mentor and taking opportunities that arise. He also highlighted the many different paths available in the profession, beyond the traditional. David’s co-presenter at the session was Jocelyn Chiew, Manager Campus Design, Quality and Planning at Monash. The event was well received with positive feedback from the graduates and their mentors who referred to the presentations as “inspirational” and “very encouraging”.

Hundreds of buildings open to the public for Open House Melbourne

Open House Melbourne Program, Photographer - Nick Bebbington

Image above: Open House Melbourne Program, Photographer - Nick Bebbington

Are you interested in exploring some of Melbourne’s most interesting buildings? More than 200 buildings across Melbourne will be open to the public on 28 - 29 July 2018 as part of Open House Melbourne. The weekend gives the community a unique opportunity to get behind the scenes to explore and learn about Melbourne’s rich legacy of architecture, landscape and design.

Check out the program for a list of buildings open over the weekend, as well as a series of talks, events, tours, screenings and performances held throughout July. 

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