Victorian Pride Centre Design Competition

State Victoria
Client The Victorian Pride Centre
Competition EOI and Single Stage Design Competition
Winner Grant Amon Architects and Brearley Architects + Urbanists
Dimity Reed First female President, AIA Victorian Chapter
Jill Garner Victorian Government Architect, OVGA
Peter Elliot Director, Peter Elliot Architecture and Urban Design
Shane Murray Dean, Art, Design and Architecture Monash University
Sophie Dyring Schored Projects
Stephen Barrow VPC Board Member
Tim Bamford Executive Director, Major Projects Victoria

The Competition
The competition was to be a major part of the revitalisation of Fitzroy Street, as well as balance the need for an open, welcoming civic face with the need to provide a safe, secure environment for all the centre’s users.

The Victorian Pride Centre will be part funded by the State Government who in 2016 contributed $15 million to the construction of the facility to showcase LGBTI art and history as well as bringing together advisory, health and support services.

To see a timeline for its completion, go here

The Brief
This design brief arose from extensive consultation with the LGBTQI community. The design was to include flexible and multi-use spaces to incorporate the many anticipated uses for the building.

The brief outlined the design complexities of the building requirements, and that it will have a welcoming and open public face, but will also offer the opportunity for private, discreet entry.

The Winner
The winning design promises to provide a building with a memorable and distinct identity. In particular, the sculptural ellipsoidal atrium is an impressive central element within the design.

In considering the competition’s brief, it offers an exciting opportunity to deliver a striking outcome for the Victorian Pride Centre.