Melbourne Convention Centre Wins 2010 Victorian Architecture Medal

Continuing its award-winning streak, the world’s first ‘6 Star Green Star’ environmentally rated Melbourne Convention Centre has been awarded four of the highest honours at this year’s Victorian Architecture Awards, including the most prestigious prize; the 2010 Victorian Architecture Medal.

Presented by the Australian Institute of Architects on 25 June, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) was awarded the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture; the Sustainable Architecture Award; the Melbourne Prize; and the esteemed Victorian Architecture Medal for successfully crossing design boundaries.

The Australian Institute of Architects Victoria applauded Joint Venture Architects Woods Bagot and NH Architecture for the design of the Melbourne Convention Centre and its exceptional contribution to sustainable architecture.

Chair of Awards Task Force and Chair of Juries, Ms Sally Draper said: ‘This is a construction that has been carefully crafted to make it a significant architectural experience for Melbourne and internationally,’ sentiments echoed by the jury. In congratulating the designers the chief executive of the MCEC Mr Leigh Harry said: This is another great outcome for the centre and for everyone involved in its design and development. Congratulations to the architects Woods Bagot and NH Architecture, the builders Brookfield Multiplex, the developers Plenary Group, the State Government of Victoria, and the City of Melbourne on this extraordinary achievement.’

The MCEC is now in the running for the National Architecture Awards, which will be announced in late October in Melbourne.

As the most versatile and advanced convention and exhibition centre in the Southern Hemisphere, the MCEC is also raising standards to new heights in innovation, technology, imaginative catering and service options.

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