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Victorian Premier's Design Awards
Thanks to the jury of the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards for selecting Queen & Collins as a finalist in the architectural design category.
‘The Awards provide an opportunity for businesses and the community to better understand the role of design in creating functional, safe and efficient, products, services and spaces.’
‘Bound by three principles, the Awards seek to:
_ Elevate the value of design and the role of professional designers.
_ Celebrate Victorian-led design.
_ Position Victoria as a design capital.’
We look forward to the announcement of category winners in March 2023. Link to category finalists
We are looking forward to 2023 with the elevations of Tobias Pond to Principal and Claire Humphreys, Lynn Chew, and Michael Blancato to Associate Principals, their knowledge and leadership skills will guide KTA through the next phase. The team promotions are the culmination of their multilayered experiences, commitment and ongoing contributions to the advancement of KTA.
_ Tobias’ steadfast and ambitious approach to management of the studio and projects has led to the growth and expansion of KTA over the last four years. He has been integral to KTA’s work in the Social and Multiple housing sectors, including our Richmond Social Housing project for Homes Victoria and significant projects for private sector clients to be announced in 2023.
_ Claire is indispensable, as a design leader she thoughtfully oversees the design development and direction of our projects. She has played a key role on many projects including Queen & Collins, Queenscliff Hub, Whitehorse Performing Arts Centre and most recently the Eva and Marc Besen Centre at Tarrawarra Museum of Art.
_ Lynn has been with KTA for 24 years, her considerate and detailed sensibility steers KTAs residential projects and clients, with some relationships lasting over 20 years. Successful collaborations include Albury House, Erskine River House and the George Street conversion.
_ Michael’s enthusiasm, care, and skill in working through scale and complexity is engrained in his approach. This has been evident through his successful management of the completion of Queen & Collins during Covid lockdowns, and more recently, by steering a large project team in our work for the University of Melbourne’s Fisherman’s Bend campus.
World Architecture Festival Awards
Day one winners have been announced at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) awards, and we are so excited to share the news that Bundanon Art Museum & Bridge was highly commended in the Completed Buildings: Culture category.
The category received 26 entries from around the world, in which 17 projects were shortlisted, we are so proud Bundanon was recognised in this category. The ‘projects entered in the WAF awards include some of the most innovative and ground-breaking designs in the world’.
The Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) event held this month awarded Queen & Collins winner of Workplace Over 1000sqm category. The category considers ‘how a commercial fitout has been designed to enhance the efficiency of the workplace, not just from the perspective of user productivity, but also with regards to comfort and happiness’.
The jury cited ‘designed to be a city within the city, possessing a vision for the future workplace, and with well-being and social connection at its heart. The semi-open laneways, open-air courtyards and campiellos integrate the remarkable Heritage-listed buildings and reimagine the commercial workplace experience.’
Queen & Collins was awarded winner in the Urban Design category at the 2022 Melbourne Awards, at an event held at the Melbourne Town Hall.
“The Melbourne Awards are the City of Melbourne’s highest accolade, celebrating the inspirational Melburnians who dedicate their time and energy to making this city a world leader. Eight key areas were identified to reflect the way in which programs and organisations contribute to Melbourne as a thriving, forward-thinking capital city: Community; Sustainability; Aboriginal Melbourne – ganbu guljin*; Arts and Events; Hospitality; Knowledge and Innovation; Urban Design; LGBTIQ+.”
The Jury cited; A new workplace has been cleverly woven into the fabric of Melbourne.
Winner in Category 2: New Educational Campus, the jury cited;
‘Clyde Creek Primary School stood out from other submissions, particularly those within a similar context and siting, due to its refined and rigorous design approach within a large greenfield site. The careful placement of buildings creates a sense of community around a ‘civic heart’, whilst playful pop-up roofs highlight key learning areas within. The design outcome is both rigorous in its offering to be flexible to multiple learning methods and changing pedagogy, as well as its sensible use of materials and construction methodology.’
Thanks to LEA and jury for recognising CCPS, and our collaborators on the project McBride Charles Ryan.
Kelley Mackay Departure
After 18 years, Kelley Mackay, Director of Projects, will be stepping away from KTA. This is sad news for KTA and all who have had the privilege of working with her. Kelley has been a leader and a guiding force at KTA for almost two decades. Evidence of just some of Kelley’s success in recent awarded projects is seen in Broadmeadows Town Hall, Balfe Park Lane and Clyde Creek Primary School.
Kerstin has noted that; “Kelley’s thumbprints are all over the place, embedded in KTA’s culture and our buildings. To say Kelley will be greatly missed is an understatement.” Tenacity and sheer determination have been her trademark, not accepting that near enough is good enough.
Kelley will be taking a long summer break and is looking forward to exploring new ways to continue her contribution to the design and construction industry.
We miss her already.
The Architecture Symposium: A Broader Landscape
Curated by Kerstin Thompson and Phillip Arnold, The Architecture Symposium: A Broader Landscape will interrogate how architects practising in Australia use (or mis-use) the term ‘landscape’ to many different ends.
Held over two days, the symposium includes 19 speakers, 4 provocateurs and moderator. It will seek to expand and adapt our understandings to account for the specific histories and practices that have enabled occupations of this land for millennia. And it will explore the ways we can amplify diverse ideas about landscape to inform our architectural practice.
When: Friday 18 November – Saturday 19 November 2022
Where: Art Gallery of New South Wales + Bundanon
‘The 2022 jury commented that this year’s entries “truly captured the spirit of Australian architecture,” with notable projects including those which are built on seminal landmarks of Australian identity, and visually and viscerally connected to place.’
‘Bundanon, by Kerstin Thompson Architects, is steadily becoming a “reference for the holy grail of Australian architecture”, the jury said. “Bundanon is a layered work that has been sensitively handled and respects the original vision for the estate.” For its sensitive addition to the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd estate, this project was awarded both the Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture and a National Award for Sustainable Architecture.’
Congratulations to all, especially our clients, collaborators and extended team for this gratifying and significant outcome!
Edition 3 / 2022 of Architect Victoria, Design for all Life / Architecture and Planning features an 8 page article on Balfe Park Lane. An interview with Kelley Mackay addresses KTA’s approach to the design and construction, planning considerations and strategies, public realm and resident amenities. A key aspect of the project was the dwelling designs achieving high level compliance in the Liveable Housing Australia’s, Liveable Design Standards.
Kerstin Thompson was delighted by the opportunity to present the Keynote talk at the 2022 Queensland Regional Symposium, ‘Regional Futures: A Collaborative Perspective’.
Presenting a perspective on three selected projects completed in regional Victoria and NSW, Kerstin offered insights into the characters, collaborations, contexts and considerations behind the design processes and built outcomes.
The Symposium ran from the 27th to 29th October on Darumbal Country, in the coastal town of Yeppoon.
Completed as part of Bundle B 2022 for the Victorian School Building Authority and in collaboration with McBride Charles Ryan, the campus designed around a central heart provides the community with a civic hub. The masterplan and concept designs for the Bundle were developed collaboratively. KTA completed the detailed design and documentation for Clyde Creek Primary School.
“The awards recognise how architects are making Victoria a world leader in school design. The finalists were selected for the innovation, creativity and practicality their designs bring to the Victorian public schools and kindergartens we build and modernise.”
The theme for this year’s Open House Melbourne (OHM) is Built/Unbuilt and is the largest to date featuring many tours and talks around Melbourne. We are so delighted to have three of our projects included in program; Melbourne Holocaust Museum, Queen & Collins and Broadmeadows Town Hall. Commencing 30-31 July, tours will be hosted by members of our team. Kerstin is also participating in the OHM opening event held on the 29 July at The Capital. The speakers will reflect on ‘projects that amplify and register cultural memories, pre-histories and knowledges of place that are deeply present in the buildings, spaces and landscapes of our city.’
Bundanon Art Museum & Bridge has won the Sulman Medal for Public Architecture and also received an award in the Sustainable Architecture category in the 2022 New South Wales Architecture Awards
Thanks to the juries for this significant recognition.
Public Architecture Citation
“Bundanon creates a new appreciation of the Boyd Estate, it’s history & setting by purposefully inhabiting this landscape of cultural & physical significance.
Centered in the historic core of the estate, the two principal components of the project, ‘the bridge’ & the buried museum respond artfully to the primary necessities of the brief & their varied environmental & landscape demands. Boyd’s studio forms a fulcrum between these two components & the original Arthur & Yvonne Boyd Education Centre by Murcutt, Lewin & Lark. It is through this careful siting & screening that each is allowed room to breathe, sitting naturally alongside each other, each enjoying their distinctive settings in the landscape…
Transformational of this place & our experience of it, Bundanon provides an engaging, considered, & joyful experience of landscape.”
Thanks also to: a visionary client Bundanon, acknowledged with a ‘second Sulman’ noting Boyd Education Centre by Murcutt, Lewin & Lark was the recipient of this same award in 1999; Adco Constructions for their building excellence & commitment.
Many wonderful consultants: special call out to core for concept – Wraight Associates for landscape, Atelier Ten for ESD & Phil Gardiner, Brett Wall now of WSP Australia for structures. Link to awards page
AIA VIC Chapter Award wins
We are so elated with our recent award wins at the 2022 Victorian Architecture Awards.
The award recognition is the result of a collaborative alliance between our project team, partners, consultant team and our clients.
With gratitude to the jury for their selections and AIAVIC Chapter for their support.
- Melbourne Prize – Queen & Collins (KTA + BVN)
- The Best Overend Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing (named award) – Balfe Park Lane
- Award for Urban Design – Queen & Collins (KTA + BVN)
- Award for Interior Architecture – Queen & Collins (KTA + BVN)
- Award for Commercial Architecture – Queen & Collins (KTA + BVN)
- Commendation for Residential Architecture – Houses (New) – Erskine River House
Excerpt below from Latest News AIA Victorian Chapter
“This year’s most recognised project was Queen & Collins, taking home four awards: the prestigious Melbourne Prize and as well as Architecture Awards in the Commercial Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Urban Design categories.
KTA and BVN’s commercial adaptive reuse project breathed life into a cluster of gothic revival icons, unlocking a series of interconnected urban spaces to invite a sense of discovery within a busy CBD precinct.
The Jury praised the project for its masterfully orchestrated use of light, space, colours and texture to create a surprising new urban space for Melbourne.”
“Kerstin Thompson Architects’ Balfe Park Lane received the top award in the muti-residential category, setting a gold standard for designing healthy communities and embedding genuine liveability among a list of winners that highlighted the importance of housing as an essential social infrastructure.”
Kerstin recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours List
Congratulations Kerstin Thompson, Phyllis Murphy, Joseph Lewit, Garry and Susan Rothwell, Soo-Tee Cheong, Peter Lee and Donald Mason; eight architects recognised for “meritorious, distinguished and conspicuous services” on Queen’s Birthday 2022 Honours List.
Kerstin was appointed a Member of the Order (AM)
For significant service to architecture, and to tertiary education. Thompson has been a principal at her practice since 1994 and was made a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects in 2017. Most recently, in 2021 she received the Victorian Premiers Design Award for her renovation of the Broadmeadows Town Hall, and the Victorian Architecture Medal for the same project in 2020. She is adjunct professor at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Monash University, and has been a professor of design at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.
Link to AIA Victorian Chapter article Link to ArchitectureAU article
ArchitectureAU Article on Bundanon
May/June edition of Architecture Australia features article ‘A curated piece of utopia: Bundanon Art Museum and Bridge’ written by Andrew Nimmo.
“On a site gifted to the public for artistic enjoyment, a design team led by Kerstin Thompson Architects has integrated landscape and architecture to transform the location while preserving its natural ecosystems and cultural context.
Near Nowra in the Shoalhaven River valley of southern New South Wales, two properties – Riversdale and the adjoining Bundanon – were the home of artists Arthur and Yvonne Boyd. In 1993, the Boyds donated both sites, including their substantial art collection, to the Australian government and the Bundanon Trust was established. The Boyd Education Centre (BEC) – the winner of the Australian Institute of Architects’ Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Buildings in 1999, designed by Murcutt, Lewin and Lark – is on the Riversdale site and was constructed to facilitate artist-in-residence programs.”
We are so excited, Bundanon Art Museum & Bridge has been shortlisted in four categories in the 2022 NSW Architecture Awards; Public Architecture, Heritage Architecture, Urban Design and Sustainability.
We are also very appreciative of the efforts of entire project team and consistent support from our client Bundanon Trust.
Winners will be announced 1st July. Link to shortlisted entries
Victorian Premier’s Design Awards
We are so proud Broadmeadows Town Hall received Best in Category for Architectural Design in the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards 2021.
‘The awards showcase the depth of design talent in Victoria and the capability and capacity of the Victorian design industry.
Bound by three principles, the Awards seek to:
- Elevate the value of design and the role of professional designers.
- Celebrate Victorian-led design.
- Position Victoria as a design capital.’
Thanks to all involved, especially the collaborative project team and Hume City Council.
Link to award win Link to Australian Design Review article
Statewide Child and Family Centre
Recent article in ArchitectureAU features interview with Anthony Clarke (Bloxas) and Kerstin Thompson on the design developed for the model of care for the Statewide Child and Family Centre. This is Victoria’s-first Statewide Child and Family Centre, to be delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority in partnership with Austin Health. The new purpose-built 12-bed centre will provide children and families onsite stay and support.
Construction is expected to begin early 2022. Link to article
Opening of Bundanon Art Museum & Bridge
We are elated Bundanon Art Museum & Bridge has reached completion, this achievement is a testament to the dedication of all associated with the project.
“The design is driven by Bundanon’s main imperative, as established by the Boyd family, to foster an appreciation for and understanding of landscape and art.”
Opening scheduled for 29 January 2022 and official ceremony to follow 5 March 2022
Related articles Link to ArchitectureAU Link to Architecture & Design Link to Design Boom
The esteemed 10 | Australian Design Visionaries for 2022
We are so delighted Kerstin Thompson was announced as one of the esteemed 10 | Australian Design Visionaries for 2022
“The esteemed 10 recognises a cross-section of visionary architects and designers in 2022. Spanning perspective, aesthetic and intent, the esteemed 10 comprises influential voices in the Australian and international design community selected by the est living editorial team. Criterion is based on approach, current achievements, completed and anticipated projects, insights and analytics.”
Kerstin responds to eight questions, including anticipating key influences and sustainable design in 2022.
The brief for Readings was to house almost 500 linear metres of books, and to encourage browsing and reading with seating options interspersed.
Located in Emporium the retail store is filled with natural light from the large art-deco windows.
We are so excited that Broadmeadows Town Hall has been announced a finalist in the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards.
“The Victorian Premier’s Design Awards have celebrated Victorian designers and businesses since 1996 – promoting the role design has in making products, spaces and experiences more functional, safe, efficient and sustainable.” The awards recognise design innovation in eight categories: architectural, product, service, fashion, digital, communication, strategy, and students.
This year the awards celebrate their 25th anniversary, 112 finalists were selected from across Victoria, winners will be announced at a ceremony held during Melbourne Design Week in March 2022.
Design Speaks is holding a series of seminars as part of The Architecture Symposium: Beyond the Building. The program includes four sessions based around key themes. Each session comprises of presentations from ‘architects whose public projects have an impact that is beyond the built form itself’ and an hour-long live panel discussion.
Session 2 titled – Emotional Connection explores ‘projects that have evoked emotive or spiritual responses and left a lasting impression’, Kerstin Thompson will be presenting Riversdale at Bundanon. Angelo Candalepas from Candalepas Associates and Camilla Block from Durbach Block Jaggers, will also be presenting projects, with Abbie Galvin and William Smart moderating the discussion.
Tickets for the session on Thursday 18 November, 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm (AEDT)
Recently published Good Weekend magazine features Bundanon and interview with long-standing CEO, Deborah Ely AM. This week we farewell Deborah as CEO, she has expanded Bundanon’s multi-disciplinary program, transforming the organisation, and gaining national and international recognition along the way.
What a privilege and joy to work with Deb on this latest chapter of beloved Bundanon, her insight and vision is embedded in every part, for the enjoyment and wonder of generations to come. Link to article
Good Weekend Talks podcast with Katrina Strickland and Amanda Hooton in conversation with Deborah, tells the story of Bundanon, our obligations to care for this “unspoilt jewel”, and what future experiences look like for audiences connecting to this unique place. Link to podcast
Reuse, Retrofit, Recycle
Kerstin Thompson will be presenting at CPD webinar on adaptive reuse in buildings, alongside panel experts; Brenda Kingston, Director, Sustainability, WSP; Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Founding Director, UNSW Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT Centre); Nick Travers, Director, Techne Architects and Anton James, Director, JMD Design Architects.
Titled Reuse, Retrofit, Recycle the panel will discuss adapting existing structures, circular economy principles, transition to decarbonized energy sources and project case studies.
Date: Wednesday 1st September, 5.00pm-7.30pm
Link to read more about the event and purchase tickets
Open House Melbourne
Broadmeadows Town Hall is included in this years Open House Melbourne program. The theme for the program is ‘Reconnect’ and ‘asks us to reconsider the way we will occupy our city and to envisage new ways of designing and adapting our buildings and infrastructure as we emerge from the impact of COVID-19’.
Guided tours on Saturday 24 + Sunday 25 July
10am, 12pm and 1.45pm
Link to guided tours and LIVEability POP-UP workshop with Mary Featherston AM and Dr Suzie Attiwill
AIA Victorian Chapter Award win
Last week Church on Napier received an AIAVIC Chapter award for Heritage Architecture, we are so excited to share the win with James Stockwell Architects. The joint project saw the adaptive reuse of the 1920’s church hall and 150 year old listed church, along with a new build into a series of dwellings.
Congratulations to our creative client and collaborative project team.
Published in ArchitectureAU and written by Stuart Harrison, the article Elective Heritage: Broadmeadows Town Hall deliberates the ‘gamut of conservation strategies’ for the project and the importance of public buildings.
Recently published, Materiality 2021 is the latest volume by Brickworks, the book reviews a collection of projects where the core material explored is either brick or concrete block. With over 60 projects selected from across Australia and the USA, we are pleased Apartment House is one of the featured projects.
Kerstin shares the use of masonry as both building material and finish for KTA’s Apartment House, link to interview
2021 VIC Architecture Awards Shortlist
We are delighted to have Church on Napier shortlisted in two categories in the 2021 AIA Victorian Chapter Awards, heritage architecture and residential architecture – multiple housing.
Winners will be announced June 18 via live online event.
Follow link to read more about shortlisted projects
Melbourne Design Week: KTA Book Launch
Book launch and panel discussion for ‘Kerstin Thompson Architects: Encompassing People & Place’
Moderated by Virginia Trioli, this event includes a presentation by Kerstin on her public and community focused projects exploring the theme of ‘cultural memory’ and including the award winning Broadmeadows Town Hall, and the upcoming Jewish Holocaust Centre.
This event is part of Melbourne Design Week 2021, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.
The Design Files: KTA Monograph
Coinciding with International Women’s Day, The Design Files published an article on Kerstin Thompson and her 11 career lessons.
Excerpt from article:
Since the mid 1990s, women have comprised over 40 per cent of all Australian architectural graduates, and the overall proportion of women working in the industry has been steadily rising (now 31 per cent of the total architecture population of Australia, up from 20 per cent in 2001).
Despite these advancements, a 2018 report by Gill Matthewson titled Parlour Census Report 2001–2016: Women in Architecture in Australia indicates there is still gender discrimination in the architecture industry. Most notably, younger women are continuing to leave the profession at higher rates than their male counterparts, and the gender pay gap persists.
Kerstin’s lessons also feature in the recently published book Kerstin Thompson Architects: Encompassing people & place.
In article published on 8 March 2020, ‘Leverage: Positioning practice and challenging expectations’ in ArchitectureAU, Maryam Gusheh interviews Kerstin Thompson and Jude Barber from Collective Architecture, discussing their formative influences, pathways, strategies, advocacy and leverage: influence and potential.
Kerstin Thompson Architects:
Encompassing people & place, with essay by Leon van Schaik, interweaves our projects & writings, sketches & buildings. A rethink of the architectural monograph, it offers insights into the process & built delights of architecture, for people at home, at play, at work.
Great initiative of RMIT University with Thames & Hudson.
Launch & public lecture planned for Melbourne Design Week.
Big thank you to Fleur Watson, Paulina Levaux, Stuart Geddes Design, Leon van Schaik & Martyn Hook
December issue of Houses magazine features an article on East Street residence, written by Phillip Nielsen.
Phillip was able to visit the residence and talk with the owners, he shares insights into how the owners experience the spaces and adapt the flexible spaces to suit their needs. Link to magazine
COVID-19 Work Practices
KTA is committed to following government advice on social distancing and COVID safe work practices.
KTA ask that all staff and visitors to our office to adhere to the following six principles of COVIDSafe workplaces (link to Victorian Government site) and:
• Ensure physical distancing (1.5 metres)
• Wear a face mask (both while travelling to the office and within the office)
• Practise good hygiene
• Record your details at reception via QR Code and inform KTA immediately if you become unwell
We diverted direct lines to individual mobile phones, and our Studio Manager will be forwarding all messages, mail, and project materials. During this period please address general studio enquires to +61 3 8662 8800, and specific project enquiries to staff mobile phones.
We hope you remain safe and connected, thank you for your understanding.
2020 National Architecture Awards
We couldn’t be more pleased that East Street House is joint recipient of The Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New) at the 2020 AIA National Architecture Awards.
Located in Albury NSW, its compact and modest, could work for many kinds of households, extremes of climate and urban, suburban or rural sites alike. A no frills approach to sustainable design.
And it’s built to last a very long time, as our buildings should.
Thank you to the jury for recognising these particular merits which we hope are relevant to homemakers throughout Australia.
We have two projects shortlisted in the AIA National Awards;
- Broadmeadows Town Hall in Heritage Architecture category, and
- East Street in Residential Architecture – Houses (New) category.
The jury have shortlisted 76 projects in 14 categories from across Australia, and we are elated to have two projects nominated.
Jury Chair, Professor Lochhead “said that the jury was, ‘privileged to see the legacies of many exceptional, motivated clients across Australia – from those painstakingly restoring precious and modest heritage, to those, both private and public clients, commissioning enduring and uplifting settings for now and the future’.”
Thanks again to all our collaborators.
This year the awards ceremony will be held via live broadcast on 5th November, we look forward to streaming the event.
Latest issue of Architect Victoria magazine is available now.
Magazine features the 2020 AIA Chapter Awards, inclusive of all category entries, award winners and jury citations.
Issue includes article on the Victorian Architecture Medal, and sheds light on the jury’s decision for selecting Broadmeadows Town Hall as recipient of the state’s most significant AIA award.
July/August issue of Architecture Australia magazine includes feature on Jock Comini Amenities Reserve and discussion by Kerstin Thompson – ‘Relativities’ on smaller public projects by KTA.
The special issue questions ‘what is the role of small projects, practices and budgets in shaping our cities?’ Link to read more
AIA Victorian Chapter Award wins
The Pink Elephant* breathes again.
Thank you to the AIA for awarding the Broadmeadows Town Hall with the Victorian Architecture Medal, the George Knight Award for Heritage and a Commendation for Public Architecture.
We are encouraged that in bestowing the Victorian Architecture Medal on the town hall the jury has recognised something of a welcome shift we see in what and how we value in architecture; that the judicious re-use of existing buildings can have significant impact on the public realm and enrichment for community incommensurate with the scale of the resources used.
These times call for precise and strategic thinking; a resourceful architecture that deploys an economy of means yet is transformative; that finds an ease of fit between old forms and new uses; that prioritises strategy over material change; that combines and confounds opposites – strength with gentleness; subtley with drama; creation with repair; the edit with addition.
An architecture that is humane.
Right now as we isolate in our individual homes the importance of shared spaces in which we can collectively gather and exchange is so evident. Yet unambiguously ‘public’ space is under threat and we as architects must advocate for and defend it. We are its guardians and protectors.
The crucial role of an enlightened and committed client, in this case Hume City Council, cannot be underestimated. On this project Hume has lead the way with its people – councillors, executives, project managers, citizens. We hope that the promise implied by this AIA recognition is delivered to the community, that the Town Hall serves its longstanding purpose to enrich the daily lives of its many different people and is reinforced as a place for new attachments, for new generations.
*Upon its completion in 1964 it was nicknamed the Pink Elephant by neighbouring municipalities appalled at the largesse and ambition of the newly built pink brick monolith by Forster and Walsh.
Better than a white one…
Thanks to all of our collaborators.
Architect Victoria 2020
Autumn issue of Architect Victoria featuring article by Kerstin Thompson ‘Feeling Climate’. Giving prominence to the Riversdale Masterplan for Bundaon Trust, the article deliberates on designing for tourism.
The AIA recently announced the 2020 NSW Architecture Awards shortlisted projects and East Street was selected in the category Residential Architecture – Houses (New). With seventeen other shortlisted projects in the category we are delighted to be amongst some really strong contenders. Thanks to our project team and Scott James Builder.
Link to ArchitectureAU article with complete nomination list
Image by Dan Preston
COVID-19 is posing society-wide challenges that we must meet together, and KTA is determined to play our part in reducing opportunities for community transmission.
For KTA this means we will be shifting to virtual collaboration tools for all external meetings and workshops for the foreseeable future. For many years KTA has embraced flexible work practices, and this has allowed us to migrate smoothly to working remotely when necessary. We will be contacting clients and consultants directly over the coming days to confirm specific arrangements for all of our live projects. Feel free to contact us directly if you have queries on how we will be working with you in the coming weeks.
Our thoughts are with our extended community of clients and peers as we all find a way to stay connected in the face of a virus for which the best defence, social distancing, is anathema to the way we work, live and conceptualise our practice’s spatial thinking.
Arthur Boyd’s Riversdale Project Milestone
Significant milestone reached at Riversdale, located in The Shoalhaven. A ‘revitalising smoking ceremony’ preceded the turning of the first sod for the Art Gallery. Finally something to celebrate after weeks of devastating fires along and inland from the NSW coast. Link to ArchitectureAU article
Queenscliffe Community Hub
We are very pleased to be appointed Principal Consultant for the Queenscliffe Community Hub project. The project will involve the refurbishment of the existing heritage library building, and new facilities for the historical museum and visitor information centre. We look forward to working with the Borough of Queenscliffe Council and the local community on creating a new space which honours the many significant historical buildings of the Borough and fosters the spirit of the community.
Construction is expected to commence in October 2020.
2019 Victorian School Design Awards
The 2019 Victorian School Design Awards selected Northcote High School Performing Arts & VCE Centre as the winner of Best School Project – under $5 million. The state government school projects awarded, “recognise architects and designers who have provided innovative, creative and practical schools for Victorian students”.
We are proud of our education team – the award acknowledges the collective efforts required to achieve a successful design outcome.
Thanks to all involved.
Last night the Australian Institute of Architects announced the winners of the 2019 National Architecture Awards, and we are elated to have received recognition for three of our projects;
Commercial Architecture – National Award: Private Women’s Club (pictured),
Heritage – National Commendation: Sacred Heart Building Abbotsford Convent Foundation, and
Small Project Architecture – The Nicholas Murcutt Award: Jock Comini Reserve Amenities.
The award wins substantiate our integrated approach to projects and practice focus on architecture as a civic endeavour.
Congratulations to the collaborative project team, clients, consultants and contractors. Link to read more about the awards and jury citations
Design Speaks: Old School / New School
Next week Kerstin will be presenting Northcote High School Performing Arts Centre as part of Design Speaks forum: Old School / New School. Kerstin will share some of Northcote High Schools’ key features and insights including; innovations, functional organisation, campus program and community significance.
The day forum in Sydney addresses the future of education design, with speakers discussing cultural trends, politics in education design, virtual learning spaces and campus planning.
Tickets available via link
Image by Peter Bennetts
Broadmeadows Town Hall Officially Opens
On Friday 4th October, Broadmeadows Town Hall was officially opened by Cr Carly Moore (Mayor of Hume City Council), Domenic Isola (CEO of Hume City Council), and Frank McGuire (MP for Broadmeadows). Construction of the civic redevelopment began late 2017. From the outset, our approach to the 1960s building was about retaining the local cultural history and honouring the original architectural features, while adapting the spaces to be more efficient, functional, flexible and modern. We are delighted to be celebrating this milestone with the Hume City Councillors and look forward to sharing images of the completed project in the coming months.
‘Crossing the Floor’ art installation by Robbie Rowlands
2019 National Architecture Awards
We are very excited the Australian Institute of Architects has shortlisted 3 of our projects from the 78 entries in the 2019 National Architecture Awards. Our projects include; Private Melbourne Women’s Club in Commercial Architecture category, Jock Comini Reserve Amenities (pictured) in Small Project Architecture category and Sacred Heart Building Abbotsford Convent Foundation in the Heritage category. The national jury noted significant themes emerging across all project categories that ‘demonstrated the value of architecture through public benefit’ and a ‘clear commitment to social and environmental sustainability’. Winners will be announced in Brisbane on 7 November.
Last month, Kerstin Thompson was honoured to deliver the 2019 Heritage Address as part of the Open House Melbourne program. Her talk was a thought-provoking look at the role heritage plays in our cities and lives. The annual program engages the public with the built environment, through a series of tours, talks, and seminars. The Heritage Address is supported by the Heritage Council of Victoria and The University of Melbourne.
Victorian School Building Authority announce eight new schools
The Victorian Government is committed to opening 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026, KTA in partnership with McBride Charles Ryan have been appointed to design three new schools: Clyde North Primary School, Clyde North Secondary College (including a supported inclusion hub, assisting education for students with disabilities) and Greenvale Secondary College. The schools are expected to be completed by 2022, as part of the Government’s pledge to making Victoria the ‘Education State’, we are excited to be collaborating on these education projects.
In Conversation: Kerstin Thompson and Caroline Baum
Kerstin Thompson and author/ broadcaster Caroline Baum will be in conversation at “Riversdale (NSW)“https://bundanon.com.au/ on Saturday 17 August.
KTA won the national design competition for Bundanon’s new $30.6M gallery and creative learning centre.
Hear first-hand about the design process and the concepts behind this radical architectural proposal for the site, formerly the home of the late artist Arthur Boyd. Kerstin will walk the property with participants and outline how her architectural approach responds to its landscape, climatic conditions and complex heritage and cultural significance.
KTA is proud to be a founding signatory on a declaration acknowledging “a climate and biodiversity emergency”.
Architects Declare was launched in the UK in May 2019 and has quickly gathered momentum on a global scale.The declaration states that building and construction accounts for nearly 40 percent of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. All signatories seek to raise awareness of the climate and biodiversity emergencies, and the need for urgent action among clients and supply chains.
2019 Open House Melbourne program: 'Designing Cultural Spaces & Precincts' panel discussion with Kerstin Thompson
Kerstin Thompson joins Meghan Dwyer (John Wardle Architects) and Ian McDougall (ARM Architecture) to talk about the art of designing cultural spaces and the evolution of Melbourne’s Arts Precinct.
KTA, JWA & ARM are all leading architecture practices that have contributed significant cultural projects around Australia and within the Melbourne Arts Precinct.
The conversation will be led by journalist Ray Edgar. The event is presented and hosted by Melbourne Theatre Company & Faculty of Fine Arts & Music, The University of Melbourne as part of 2019 Open House Melbourne program.
Jock Comini Reserve Amenities also won an architecture award in the Small Projects category. Northcote High School Performing Arts & VCE Centre was shortlisted for Educational Architecture and Sunda Dining was shortlisted for Small Projects.
Thank you to our clients and collaborators for their much-valued contributions towards the delivery of each rewarding and successful project.
We look forward to the AIA National Architecture Awards later this year.
Image: Private Melbourne Women’s Club
Photography: Derek Swalwell
2019 AIA National Architecture Conference: Collective Agency
Kerstin Thompson will be participating as a ‘captain’ in this year’s AIA national conference, themed ‘Collective Agency’.
Collective Agency, curated by Monique Woodward and Stephen Choi, will encourage reflection on today’s challenges, the articulation of more meaningful protocols, and most importantly, the willingness to act.
The conference calls for “everyday advocacy and activism” as a way to instigate change. In the context of architecture, everyday advocacy means acting for the good of a single project but also for the broader public good. Kerstin suggests, “There can be a positive double agenda.”
Image: The 2019 National Architecture Conference captains’ lunch, via ArchitectureAU.
BKK + KTA appointed for Whitehorse Centre
BKK Architects & KTA are delighted to have been appointed as architects for the redevelopment of the Whitehorse Centre. Our competition entry was a truly collaborative process, and we are excited at the prospect of working with the City of Whitehorse Council to create a civic asset that will serve as a cultural focal point for the Whitehorse community for decades to come. A public design competition process was led by CityLab and Whitehorse City Council to select a design team for the Whitehorse Centre and the Civic Precinct. This open EOI lead to a shortlisting of 5 architect-lead teams with BKK and KTA announced as competition winners.
Federal funding of $22M announced for Arthur Boyd's Riversdale site
Federal funding of $22M has been announced towards the expansion of Arthur Boyd’s Riversdale site in Shoalhaven NSW. Following state funding, this forms the final contribution to realise the $30.6M design to be delivered by KTA.
The project will include a new contemporary gallery space submerged into the landscape, a learning centre, visitor hub, cafe and an accommodation facility.
The Arthur Boyd Gallery will be subterranean, where visitors can enjoy and compare Boyd’s imaginary landscape with the actual one around them. The thermal stability and fire protection of being underground will protect Boyd’s $43M art collection in the gallery and associated storage.
Balfe Park Lane multi-residential housing in Brunswick East
“The design of Balfe Park Lane as an ensemble of buildings of varying shape and orientation rather than a large, single building means that there is a stronger sense of neighbourhood and an individual address within a broader social context.” — Kerstin Thompson comments on KTA’s Balfe Park Lane multi-residential housing project in Brunswick East.
MTALKS PARLOUR IN CONVERSATION: CARME PINÓS & KERSTIN THOMPSON
Wed 10 Oct 6.15pm—Principal Kerstin Thompson talks to MPavilion 2018 architect Carme Pinós of Barcelona’s Estudio Carme Pinós. The conversation will traverse modes and models of practice, connections between practice and the academy, and the impacts of architecture and urban design on equity in the public realm. The talk is hosted by Parlour at MPavilion.
Government funding for KTA’s gallery expansion to Arthur Boyd’s Riversdale property
We’re pleased to announce the first stage of KTA’s Masterplan for the expansion of Bundanon Trust’s Riversdale site has received $8.592M in funding from the NSW state government towards the Arthur Boyd Gallery & Collection Store.
This subterranean space for the gallery & store will be the first of a two-part design, the other being a 140-metre-long bridge-like structure to house a creative learning centre, visitor hub & 32-room accommodation facility.
The Sherman Centre for Contemporary Ideas (SCCI) in Sydney has announced the line-up of architects, artists and thinkers that will present at its inaugural, 10-day festival of architecture-related workshops, talks and film screenings in October.
Kerstin, alongside other leading architects, Peter Tonkin (Tonkin Zulaikha Greer) & Peter Lonergan (Cracknell & Lonergan Architects) will discuss the books and writings that have formed them as people, and shaped their sensibility as thinkers and practitioners of design, from textbooks to literature and digital sources. Their conversation will form self-portraits in words and a reading guide for the audience.
The festival runs 12-21 October 2018. Bookings are available here.
2018 AIA Victorian Architecture Awards – Park House
Park House received a Residential New Architecture Award from the AIA Victorian Chapter. “The design manages a significant brief with great acumen and rewards the inhabitants with moments of heightened spatial experience and a sense of intimacy” – Residential New Architecture Awards Jury 2018
2018 AIA Victorian Architecture Awards – The Stables VCA Faculty of Fine Arts & Music The University of Melbourne
The Stables VCA Faculty of Fine Arts & Music The University of Melbourne received a Heritage & Educational Architecture Award from the AIA Victorian Chapter, as well as a commendation for Interior Architecture. “KTA’s interventions – sophisticated and executed with quiet confidence – present a thoughtful and balanced approach to heritage. Treating old and new with equality, the VCA former Mounted police Stables both preserves important Melbourne heritage, and embeds contemporary construction within the historic fabric of the future.” – Heritage Architecture Jury 2018
Our Park House project (pictured) has been shortlisted in the AIA 2018 Victorian Architecture Awards for Residential (New) Architecture, along with The Stables, VCA Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne for Heritage, Educational and Interior Architecture. Looking forward to attending the awards presentations later this month.
Bob and Unity briefly returned to their former home last week (now home to the VCA’s School of Art). Their Riders gave The Stables rework a thumbs up appreciating that the entwined history of horse and police on the Southbank site hasn’t been lost in the transformation by KTA.
Another successful season of Archisoccer is through… See you on the field again soon.
VCA School of Art Former Mounted Police Stables, now complete!
The Former Mounted Police Stables and Former Riding School have been transformed by KTA to become VCA’s School of Art. The adaptive re-use of this major piece of Melbourne’s civic infrastructure demonstrates how the combination of radical interventions and careful conservation can yield new life from past forms to play a vital role in the future of our city.
We’ve enjoyed working with The University of Melbourne and are very proud of what the project has achieved. The faculty is now moving into the building and studio spaces ahead of the official project launch, happening soon!
KTA principal Kerstin Thompson talks about Melbourne design, her career in architecture and KTA’s practice, “I believe our best work is ahead of us”.
Read the full article recently published in Domain here.
Photographs of Kerstin taken at KTA’s VCA Former Mounted Police Stables for The University of Melbourne.
Good Design + Heritage issue 07
KTA’s Studio 9 Wertheim Factory conversion features in the latest edition of OVGA’s Good Design + Heritage.
The publication is the seventh in a series that is helping raise awareness of good design and promote discussion about its benefits and value. The publication has been developed together with Heritage Victoria and the Heritage Council of Victoria.
Leading the conversation was Victorian Government Architect Jill Garner and Andrew Mackenzie from City Lab. The event brought together design experts from a range of professional backgrounds to explore the value of good design, weighing in on its measurability in creating sustainable, inclusive and engaging environments.
KTA Principal, Kerstin Thompson joined Richard Leonard (Hayball) on the panel, applying this theme to education projects.
Over 200 people attended the fast-paced talk which covered themes of health, education, public space, transport and neighbourhoods.
An audio recording will be available shortly via MPavilion.
KTA Principal Kerstin Thompson elevated to AIA Life Fellow
This achievement honours Kerstin’s outstanding contribution to the advancement of the profession though active involvement within the institute, education and literature and public service.
Kerstin was the creative director for both the institute’s 2005 National Conference and the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale. She is currently an Adjunct Professor in Architecture at RMIT and Monash Universities and a Professor of Design in Architecture at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.
Since founding KTA in 1994, she’s been dedicated to promoting quality design through the work of the practice, and within the wider community through her roles as Panel member on the Office of the Victorian Design Review Panel and Board Member for the Melbourne Housing Expo.
Twenty-one Australian Architects Breaking New Ground
We’ve just received our copy of Twenty-one Australian Architects Breaking New Ground, a new Belle publication that features KTA. Edited by Karen McCartney, the book presents examples of work from established local designers, providing an insight to the philosophy and ideas behind their practice.
Available to purchase, end of this month!
Builder appointed for Broadmeadows Town Hall
We’re pleased to announce Building Engineering as the engaged builder for our redevelopment of Broadmeadows Town Hall – a distinctive and culturally significant 1960s building.
Our design for the project retains the strengths and clarity of this building – particularly its scale, symmetry, civic grandeur and ceremonial organisation.
Construction will begin in the coming week.
East and West wings of Sacred Heart are finally bridged!
Exciting to see our redevelopment of Sacred Heart coming along at Abbotsford Convent.
“The project represents an opportunity to rethink and re-imagine a site with a rich history and a vibrant present-day life as a cultural and artistic precinct.” —Kerstin Thompson.
Exciting project with GPT Group & Armitage Jones
Following our competition-winning design, KTA has been engaged to work with GPT Group and Armitage Jones on an exciting project that will completely re-position 100 Queen Street (Former Stock Exchange) in Melbourne, and the associated heritage buildings. We look forward to sharing more as the project unfolds.
Image: William Pitt’s magnificent vaulted ceiling of the Former Stock Exchange building.
Site visit to Albury!
The build is well underway for our residential project in Albury.
A house for all seasons and moods – the design composes two terraces that adjust the interior to the slope of the land.
The internal configuration between private and residual areas provides contrasting qualities of space: intimate rooms are defined by concrete blockwork sections, with larger opaque walls arranged around and between, attributing to a greater sense of openness, breeze and transparency.
In-keeping with modest and rural sensibility, the material palette is robust and direct – concrete slab, Besser block and timber highlights.
Guerilla Bay – design competition winner
KTA has been commissioned to design a new home at Guerilla Bay, NSW after a limited design competition. Our concept responds to the topography of the site, its immediacy to the coast and potential impacts of sea level rise and planning setbacks to the nature reserve.
The design encompasses a loose ensemble of two pavilions arranged within the site’s existing clearings to accommodate the clusters of surrounding trees. Both pavilions are distinct in scale and launch seawards from the higher portion of the site, capturing views of the coast and adjacent trees. The concept seeks to integrate the home and landscape – connecting the interior to the outdoors and allowing for climatic and seasonal variation.
Concept sketch by KTA.
2017 AIA National Architecture Awards shortlist
Our TarraWarra Cellar Door project has been shortlisted in the 2017 AIA National Architecture Awards for commercial architecture.
Architects to take grassland to Australian Pavilion for 2018 Venice Biennale
Congratulations to Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright of Baracco + Wright Architects and Artist Linda Tegg, who have recently been announced Creative Directors for the 16th International Architecture Biennale in Venice 2018.
A recent AFR piece by Michael Bleby highlights KTA’s Riversdale design as work that reflects next year’s Biennale theme ‘Repair’ – encouraging designers and the construction industry to work more sustainably and think differently about land use.
“There is definitely value in working with the natural environment rather than against it.”
—Louise Wright of B+W Architects
Facilitating the school’s shift towards a more integrated arrangement of academic, teaching and research spaces, the design transitions students and teachers to an agile work environment. Acknowledging the historic fabric of the wool store and work of previous architecture practice McGlashan Everist, the adaptive reuse of existing conditions has been achieved through a process of edits.
View all shortlisted projects here. Winners announced at 2017 IDEA Gala Party in November.