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2016 National Architecture Awards: Nicholas Murcutt Award for Small Project Architecture

Maidstone Tennis Pavilion by Searle x Waldron Architecture Small Project Architecture: Nicholas Murcutt Award Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

Maidstone Tennis Pavilion in Melbourne’s inner west is an accomplished and thoughtful addition to an existing building. After decades of ad hoc alterations, and more recently being left in a rundown state, the old clubhouse has been respectfully refurbished, with careful consideration paid to the Federation building’s heritage elements. Beyond this, a timber viewing deck and gently sloping ramp lead to the new toilet and storeroom. The new space complements the older pavilion and delights with its expressive form. Timber cladding is arranged diagonally rather than in a traditional horizontal or vertical orientation, while inside the toilet pod, peppermint green flooring takes its cues from the painted shades seen in the pavilion. Ample natural light filters from the skylight, creating a space that is playful and calming. With an aim to improve accessibility and functionality for a local community building, the project is elevated due to the architect’s refreshing use of materials and skilful hand. This is an admirable project that offers an excellent example of highly considered architecture that is low-cost and discreet while also making a superb contribution to the local community.


Searle × Waldron Architecture
St Kilda, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Project Team
Nick Searle, Suzannah Waldron (architects)
Builder Loaram Constructions
Building surveyor AABP Pty Ltd
Engineer Vert Engineering
Quantity surveyor Westbay Consulting Services
Services consultant BSDG Pty Ltd
Site details
Location Melbourne,  Vic,  Australia
Site type Suburban
Category Commercial / public buildings
Type Alts and adds, Amenities, Small projects
Project Details
Status Built
Completion date 2015



Published online: 3 Nov 2016
Words: National Architecture Awards Jury 2016
Images: Nick Searle


Architecture Australia, November 2016

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