Gollings on film

Grabbed myself a copy of the 2009 Melbourne International Film Festival program the other day and was pleased to see that a film with an architectural theme has made a return after an absence of a couple of years. This year’s film focuses (pardon the pun) on Australia’s premier architectural photographer, John Gollings in John Gollings: Eye for Architecture. It is part of a double feature with A Loving Friend, a film about Australian artist, Donald Friend and you can purchase tickets here.

Award winning architecture

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It was no surprise to see the Melbourne Recital Centre and MTC Theatre Project by ARM take out all the big name awards Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter Awards as it was the standout project of the year by a significant margin.

In terms of surprises, it was a little surprising to see the Canada Hotel Redevelopment by Hayball take out the Multiple Housing Architecture Award knocking off Wood Marsh’s Balencea Apartments project for the named award. The Canada Hotel Redevelopment also managed to take out the Melbourne Prize as well.

It was also good to see one of my favourite architects, Multiplicity pick up an award for their Chrystobel project – which I saw presented to the juries and always thought it was a chance to pick up an award.

For all the awards and the respective winners, visit here.

Are they No.1?

mb_letterbox-420x0With Melbourne-based architects, McBride Charles Ryan taking out the Harold Desbrowe-Annear Award for Residential Architecture at the Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter Awards in Melbourne last night for the second year running are they Australia’s No.1 design firm.

Full details and comment on all the winners to follow later.