Fed Square Wins Five Major Architectural Awards
Federation Square is now the most awarded project in the history of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) Victoria, receiving five major awards for architectural and design excellence. Innovation Minister, John Brumby, today accepted the Victorian Architecture Medal on behalf of the Victorian Government and Federation Square Management. Other Institute awards presented to Federation Square were: the Melbourne Prize; the Marion Mahony Award for Interior Architecture; the Architecture Award; and the Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design. Mr Brumby said the awards were a fitting salute to one of the most challenging and ambitious projects ever undertaken in Australia. “Federation Square is now Australia’s most innovative address, a great showcase for Victorian creativity and skills – and an iconic piece of design that brands Melbourne internationally,” Mr Brumby said. “Federation Square is already the most visited attraction in Victoria, boasting over six million visitors in less than 12 months. “Thirty per cent of the visitors were from interstate and 16 per cent from overseas, also making it the ‘Number One’ destination for visitors from outside Victoria. “The Ian Potter Centre alone has attracted over one million visitors in its first five months to April this year and the Melbourne Visitor Centre at the Square is on track to reach almost a million visitors in its first year.” Mr Brumby said Federation Square was part of an unprecedented capital works program being overseen by the Bracks Government, which included: The redevelopment of Spencer Street Station; The West End development, including a major expansion of the Melbourne Aquarium; Construction of the new Royal Women’s Hospital; and The Docklands development. “It’s about providing the infrastructure needed for a dynamic and innovative 21st Century city,” he said. Mr Brumby also launched a new book about Federation Square, published by Hardie Grant and Federation Square Management, which included an historical overview of the project by Dr Andrew Brown-May and an architectural analysis by Dr Norman Day.