Dizzying Heights of Success
Melbourne’s architect firm Wood Marsh Architecture have snagged up the highest honour that can be bestowed on a Victorian architect or architectural practice at the annual Victorian Architecture Awards for the design of Yve Apartments.

‘Innovative use of materials and building techniques’ judges said these were the qualities that made the edifice stand out from the rest. Yve won 11 awards like six other projects that are also located in Melbourne CBD.

It was double the success when Yve also scooped the major residential architecture award, the Harold Desbrowe-Annear Award.

Yve with its distinctive organic-shape and shimmering metal-finned façade was completed last year and has since then become a prominent landmark structure on the city’s primary boulevard – St Kilda Road.

Another Melburnian firm Ashton Raggatt McDougall Architecture won the Melbourne Prize and a Commercial Architecture Award for the Melbourne Central’s face lift. Judges commented that the insertion of laneways reminiscent of the surrounding street pattern as extremely well handed.

Lonsdale Street’s Urban Workshop, designed by joint venture of John Wardle Architects, Hassell and NHArchitecture shared the Melbourne Prize. They also picked up three other major awards – the Sir Osborn McCutcheon Award for Commercial Architecture, the Marion Mahony Award for Interior Architecture and an Urban Design Award.

Other worthy mentionable projects are the Melbourne Grammar School’s memorial Hall upgrade Collins Street’s HUSK clothing store and the White Noise – a compilation of the moving image artwork at the ACMI’s Screen Gallery at the Federation Square.

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