Grimshaw awarded for future-focused teaching facility

22 June 2021
  • Rory Gardiner
  • Michael Kai
  • Rory Gardiner
  • Michael Kai
  • Rory Gardiner

Melbourne, VIC


AIA Victorian Architecture awards announced

The winners of the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2021 Victorian Architecture Awards have been announced via a special online broadcast, with the Monash Woodside Building for Technology and Design receiving the most accolades on the night. The landmark building, designed by Tenderstream member Grimshaw in collaboration with Monash University, was awarded the Victorian Architecture Medal, The Melbourne Prize, the COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture and an Architecture Award in both the Sustainability and Educational Architecture categories.

The Woodside Building is a transformational learning and teaching facility, situated at Monash University’s Clayton Campus in Melbourne. Occupied by the Faculties of Engineering and Information Technology, it initiates new models of learning alongside academic research and industry-related enterprise. Certified PassiveHaus, the building is a pilot of leadership in learning environments, with immersive and interactive technology and manufacturing laboratory spaces that allow students and researchers to embrace innovation, design and cutting-edge technology in their work to develop sustainable energy technology.

The Jury praised the project for providing an optimistic vision of the future and a powerful reminder of “the fundamental role of architects in creating humanist structures that last for generations...Data and research led, Grimshaw in collaboration with Monash University has created a future-focused, sustainable education machine that never forgets human scale or human experience.” Congratulating all winners, Victorian Chapter President Bill Krotiris, said, “A key theme among this year’s award winners was excellence at the precinct scale, underscoring that great architecture is about people and the creation of places that best enhance their daily lives.”

Lucy Nordberg
Tenderstream Head of Research

This tender was first published by Tenderstream on 01.11.2017 here

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