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.
The facilitator of a new program to help empower women with a disability to become leaders in the community says it is time to stand up.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
Leitchville-Gunbower claimed honours in its A grade showdown against Lockington-Bamawm United yesterday, 53-31.
Hundreds rose early for Dawn Services across the district on Saturday to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landings.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
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A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
The Deniliquin Domestic Violence Liaison Committee hosted a community lunch at the ‘Rocket Park’ on Thursday to celebrate the launch of its new banner.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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