Building the unfinished: The Victorian Pride Centre, St Kilda, Melbourne.
Designed by BAU Brearley Architects+Urbanists and Grant Amon Architects
In 2017, a national survey in favour of marriage equality lead to the Australian parliament passing the bill to legalize same-sex marriage, a milestone in the struggle for equality of the LGBTQI+ community. The same year, the Victorian Price Centre, a not-for-profit organisation, received funding from the Victorian Government for Australia’s first purpose built LGBTQI+ centre and subsequently held an open architectural competition for the design of the centre in Fitzroy Street, St Kilda. In January 2018 BAU and GAA were selected winners of the design competition.
2017年，一项支持婚姻平等的全国调查促使澳大利亚议会通过了同性婚姻合法化的法案，这是 LGBTQI+群体争取平等的重要里程碑。同年，非营利机构Victorian Pride Centre获得维多利亚州政府的支持，建造澳大利亚首个专为LGBTQI+人群而设立的活动中心——维多利亚傲娇中心，随后为选址在St Kilda区Fitzroy街的该项目举办了一场公开的建筑设计竞赛。2018年1月，BAU和GAA凭借优秀的设计方案脱颖而出，成为竞赛的优胜者。
The VPC houses numerous resident organisations and welcomes dozens of groups for meetings, events, and projects. The building provides a public working hub, health and welfare centres, bookshop, theatrette, archives, roof terrace, and a gallery. Planned for 2022 are a café, rooftop events pavilion and community garden.
Augmenting the client’s excellent brief, BAU and GAA carried out workshops with user groups and the local indigenous community. Consequent ambitions for the architecture included the creation of a profoundly welcoming and safe place; a significant landmark of Australia’s cultural progress; and flexible workshop spaces for driving campaigns of equity, liberty and inclusivity further. Spirit of place and notions of becoming provided the conceptual frameworks for the design.
St Kilda’s queer history unites many LGBTQI+ communities. Learning from St Kilda, the VPC includes and then abstracts cultural traditions of the exotic, the exuberant, the surreal, and the in-between. The Fitzroy Street strip, the beach, the baths, Luna Park, Catani arch, Esplanade vaults, dance halls, and other histories, all inform this process.
St Kilda开放的性别文化吸引了大批LGBTQI+群体聚集。在对St Kilda历史文化进行大量研究后，我们将其特有的异域风格、丰富的艺术文化、超现实主义和一系列当地传统文化，抽象地融入傲娇中心的设计。Fitzroy大街、海滩、浴场、月神公园、卡塔尼拱桥、滨海拱顶、歌舞厅和其他历史遗迹，都是我们的灵感来源。
A series of conceptual tubes emerge as an abstract armature that maximise the urban envelope; provide relevant and significant architectural forms and spaces; and generates an overarching order. Most importantly, these conceptual tubes are then acted upon by extraction of the specifics of the brief; the more the internal program disrupts the tubes, the more the forms and spaces of a coexistence emerge. These emergent and surprising outcomes embrace difference, diversity, and inclusion. The resultant sense of a constant becoming, of a work in-progress, embodies the ongoing struggle toward equity, freedom and fellowship.
‘The VPC is increasingly inspiring many people to visit and explore.
With the slide-up door open the building is seamlessly integrating the streetscape, concierge desk, Pride Gallery and Forum, making the centre highly accessible, welcoming, and part of the neighbourhood.
The Atrium has become both a place for performance (from speeches to photoshoots to DJ sets) and also a place of wonder and reflection.
The rich variety of textures and materials, offering a tactile experience, is creating a feeling of comfort and sanctuary for users and visitors.
There is a great sense of possibility, so important in LGBTQI+ spaces.’ said the client.
The VPC aims to see beyond conventional uses and spaces, to challenge norms and hierarchies, to create a flexible and evolving program. Circulation radiates from the atrium, which provides legibility, natural light, a performance stage, an informal amphitheatre, and a dynamic focus at the heart of the building.
Structural and non-structural fabric is clearly articulated, explaining what is permanent and what is easily changed. The interiors combine raw structural concrete and exposed services with warm materiality including timber, coloured ceramics and velvet curtains. These coexistences further the notion of an aesthetics of inclusion.
Smaller tenancies in the building resemble laneway shopfronts. A sacrificial timber framework integrated within these shop fronts along with hanging rails and track lighting above walls enable tenants to adapt and experiment with the spaces, enabling the emergence of an authentic self-expression.
The Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS) tool has been used to benchmark performance. The summary table below highlights the project’s achievement of a score in the highest bracket “Excellence”. The range of specific measures adopted across the design and recognised by this high BESS score are viewed as demonstrating a similar overall sustainability performance outcome to a 5 Star or better Green Star rating
Architecture and Interior Architects: BAU Brearley Architects+Urbanists and Grant Amon Architects
Completion Date: 19/01/2022
Location: 77-81 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia
Client: Victorian Pride Centre
Construction Cost: AUD 35 million
Typology: Public Building, Culture, Office and Commercial
Program: Public shared work spaces; multi-function theatre; Joy FM 94.9; gallery; medical clinics; six shared meeting rooms; roof top terrace with events bar; community garden; book shop; café, children’s room; resident tenancies shared work space; four tea kitchens; Australian Gay + Lesbian Archives; Melbourne Queer Film Festival; Multi-Faith Australia; Switchboard Victoria; Minus 18 youth org; Koori Pride; Thorne Harbour Health; Monash Trans Health; Star Health.
BAU Project Team Competition: James Brearley, Steve Whitford, Jens Eberhardt (Partner in Charge), Fonarri Chen, Charles Hu
BAU竞标团队：James Brearley, Steve Whitford, Jens Eberhardt (Partner in Charge), 陈志勇, Charles Hu
BAU Project Team Documentation: James Brearley, Steve Whitford, Jens Eberhardt (Partner in Charge), Fonarri Chen, Prague Unger, Adrain Coleiro, Manny Houdek, Tammy Li
BAU施工图团队：James Brearley, Steve Whitford, Jens Eberhardt (合伙人), 陈志勇, Prague Unger, Adrain Coleiro, Manny Houdek, 李旭丰
GAA Project Team Competition : Grant Amon; Stephen Herbst; Estelle Peters; Karen McMull
GAA竞标团队：Grant Amon; Stephen Herbst; Estelle Peters; Karen McMull
GAA Project Team Documentation : Grant Amon; Stephen Herbst; Tony Trajikoski; Yiyang Xu; Bruno Rabl; Junbo Qu; Roberta Caione; Millicent Baddeley.
GAA施工图团队：Grant Amon; Stephen Herbst; Tony Trajikoski; Yiyang Xu; Bruno Rabl; Junbo Qu; Roberta Caione; Millicent Baddeley.
Local Council: City of Port Phillip
Town Planner: SJB Planning
Project Management: Case Meallin / Bates & Co
项目管理：Case Meallin / Bates & Co
Quantity Surveyor: Slattery
Structural Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Hydraulic Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Facade Engineer, Traffic Engineer, Fire Services, Fire Engineer: WSP
Acoustic Engineer: Resonate
ESD Consultant: Hip v. Hype
ESD顾问：Hip v. Hype
Building Surveyor: Checkpoint Building Surveyors
Landscape Architect: BAU Brearley Architects+Urbanists, Thompson Berril Landscape Design
景观设计师：BAU建筑城市设计, Thompson Berril景观设计
Contractor: Hansen Yuncken
Lighting Consultant: Schuler Shook
Structural Concept Engineer: Peter Felicetti
Architecutre photographs: John Gollings
VPC opening photographs: Speech - Luke David, Audience - Anne Papadakis
VPC开幕记录：演讲拍摄: Luke David、观众拍摄: Anne Papadakis
As of July 25, 2022, VPC has been awarded:
2022 Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Architecture Awards - The William Wardell Award for Public Architecture
2022 City of Port Philip Design and Development Awards in Public and Institutional Category, Interior Architecture Category and Sustainability Commendation
2021 ARCHITEAM Awards - Medal Award and Award in Commercial, community and public category
2021 DRIVEN x DESIGN - Melbourne Design Awards - Gold Award Architecture in Public and Institutional category and 'Design Campion' in Best of the Best Chapter
2022年澳大利亚City of Port Philip设计与发展奖-公共建筑奖、室内设计奖和可持续发展奖
2021年DRIVEN x DESIGN 墨尔本设计奖公共建筑类别金奖和最佳设计荣誉称号