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2017 Victorian School Design Awards announced

From an “environmental arts hub” adapted from two heritage buildings to a multipurpose performing arts centre housed in a former jail, the best school designs across Victoria have been recognized at the 2017 Victorian School Design Awards.

Conducted by the Victorian School Building Authority, the awards were open to architects and principal designers of government schools completed between January 2015 and June 2017.

Six Degrees Architects was the most successful practice, taking out two awards, while five other practices were also awarded across a total of seven categories.

The winners are:

Junior Learning Centre, Dandenong South Primary School designed by Hayball.

Junior Learning Centre, Dandenong South Primary School designed by Hayball.

Image: Emily Bartlett

Best primary school

Winner

Junior Learning Centre, Dandenong South Primary School – Hayball

Finalists

Morwell Central Primary School – ClarkeHopkinsClarke

Wodonga West Children’s Centre, Wodonga West Primary School – NOWarchitecture

Science and Maths Centre, Vermont Secondary College designed by Kneeler Design.

Science and Maths Centre, Vermont Secondary College designed by Kneeler Design.

Image: Mark Farrelly

Best secondary school

Winner

Science and Maths Centre, Vermont Secondary College – Kneeler Design

Finalists

Engineers’ Precinct, Castlemaine Secondary College – Y2 Architecture

Junior School Building, Whittlesea Secondary College – Maddison Architects

Mernda Central P-12 College – Clarke Hopkins Clarke

Mernda Central P-12 College – Clarke Hopkins Clarke

Image: Rhiannon Slatter

Best combined school

Winner

Mernda Central P-12 College – Clarke Hopkins Clarke

Finalist

Senior School Building, Alamanda College – Brand Architecture

Media Hub, Albert Park College designed by Six Degrees Architects.

Media Hub, Albert Park College designed by Six Degrees Architects.

Image: Simon James

Best school project below $1 million

Winner

Media Hub, Albert Park College – Six Degrees Architects

Finalists

Hazel Glen Scout Hall and Community Activity Centre, Hazel Glen College – MINX Architecture

Inclusive Space Special Purpose Pod, Huntingdale Primary School​ – Harwyn

Environmental Arts Hub, Albert Park College by Six Degrees Architects.

Environmental Arts Hub, Albert Park College by Six Degrees Architects.

Image: Simon James

Best school project between $1 million and $5 million

Winner

Environmental Arts Hub, Albert Park College – Six Degrees Architects

Finalist

STEAM Innovation Hub, Hazel Glen College – MINX Architecture

Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo Senior Secondary College designed by Y2 Architecture.

Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo Senior Secondary College designed by Y2 Architecture.

Image: Peter Clarke

Best School Project above $5 million

Winner

Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo Senior Secondary College – Y2 Architecture

Finalists

Coatesville Primary School Redevelopment – ClarkeHopkinsClarke

Newbury Primary School – Brand Architects

START (School TAFE Alliance for Regional Training) Trade Training Centre Chisholm TAFE, Frankston Campus designed by Gray Puksand.

START (School TAFE Alliance for Regional Training) Trade Training Centre Chisholm TAFE, Frankston Campus designed by Gray Puksand.

Image: Mark Duffus

Ministerial commendation for best example of inclusive design

START (School TAFE Alliance for Regional Training) Trade Training Centre Chisholm TAFE, Frankston Campus – Gray Puksand

The Victorian School Building Authority was founded by the Andrews government as part of the 2016 budget to oversee the construction of all new government schools, as well improvements to existing schools.

First held in 2016 after a five-year hiatus, the annual school design awards aim to “acknowledge the creative contribution that architects and designers are making to a new wave of school design across the state.”

The 2017 Victorian School Design awards ceremony was held on 8 November at Zinc, in Melbourne’s Federation Square.

To see the full list of finalists and winners,head here.

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