This year’s National Architecture Awards were announced in Sydney on Thursday 3 November with ARM Architecture taking out the coveted Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture for the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre.
This marvellous accolade comes after receipt of the highly-regarded Victorian Architecture Medal for the building which ARM received earlier this year. This is the second year running that the profession’s most prized honour has gone to ARM with the architects receiving the same award last year for their work on Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance – Galleries of Remembrance.
The national jury concluded that the iconic Geelong Library was an important catalyst for rejuvenation of the cultural precinct and described it as a ‘vibrant and energised vertical village’.
“This extraordinary project demonstrates the capacity of libraries to provide important places of exchange, not just of knowledge and information, but also of public social life, cultural values and shared experience” the jury stated.
Chief Executive Officer of the Geelong Regional Library Corporation, Patti Manolis, has congratulated ARM Architecture and the City of Greater Geelong on this outstanding achievement.
This iconic building is the outcome of many years of planning and collaboration and the award is a significant recognition of the success of the project. Just as it was planned, the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre is indeed inspirational, innovative and iconic: a vibrant gathering place which meets the needs of 21st century public library users with inclusive spaces for reading, studying, meeting, discovery and fun.”
"I wish to congratulate ARM Architecture on their success in this year’s awards. It is a fitting tribute to them for meeting the brief and creating something ambitious, bold and unique. Congratulations also go to the City of Greater Geelong for their commitment and vision in building something which truly alters the physical and cultural landscape of the city” says Ms Manolis.
The iconic centre, designed by ARM and built by Kane Constructions for the City of Greater Geelong, opened to the public on 21 November 2015. This amazing honour comes just short of the building's first birthday later this month.
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