The Port of Echuca Discovery Centre has won an architectural award for its unique design.June 23, 2014 3:44am
The Port of Echuca Discovery Centre has captured the eye of design experts, with the architects picking up a major award at the Australian Institute of Architects 2014 Victorian Architecture Awards.
The awards were announced on Friday in Melbourne.
The $5 million centre, designed by JawsArchitects, opened in December, stood out from regional and metropolitan projects to win an award in the Public Architecture (new) category.
Judges commented that the centre ‘‘exceeds its functional and operational challenges with intelligence and clarity’’.
‘‘It is a project that provides freshness and design quality without breaking with the scale and ambience of the historic Murray Esplanade,’’ the judges said.
Echuca-Moama Tourism chief executive Tom Smith said the win was fantastic recognition for the architects.
‘‘It’s nice to get recognition for a great addition to the tourism precinct,’’ Mr Smith said.
‘‘Given what was there, it’s a sparkling new building that will blend in beautifully.’’
Campaspe Shire mayor Ian Maddison praised the award and said the design of the building reflected the heritage of the area.
‘‘A lot of fears about the building being less than appropriate have been allayed. It is a success in the eyes of anyone we speak to,’’ he said.
Cr Paul Jarman said the centre’s visitor numbers were tracking well.
‘‘It’s still only the first six months — we’re looking forward to the long-term rise in numbers continuing,’’ he said.
When the building opened, it was hoped that 60,000 people would pass though the centre in its first year of operation.
Mr Jarman said for a building which had attracted a lot of commentary and attention, it was nice to hear an independent person say it was award-worthy.
JawsArchitects progress to the national awards to be announced on November 6 in Darwin.
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
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A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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