St Kilda-based firms Grant Amon Architects and Brearley Architects and Urbanists have won the design competition for Australia’s first Pride Centre.
The architects’ design was selected as the best of 18 submissions, with the competition’s judging panel commenting that their concept would help to make the Pride Centre “iconic and uplifting”.
Inspired by San Francisco’s LGBT Community Centre, the winning design for the 5,500sq m Fitzory Street space will house a range of LGBTIQA organisations including the AIDS Council, the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives and the Melbourne Queer Film Festival.
The shortlist was made up of designs from BKK and Sibling Architecture, Hayball, and Preston Lane Architects. The centre is the first facility of its type in Australia.
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“We wanted the winning design to be a building that our LGBTQI community can be proud of owning, a place of celebration and a safe sanctuary,” Victorian Pride Centre Chair Jude Munro AO said.
This space will serve as a hub for LGBTI groups and organisations to share ideas and resources and to further their work in supporting equality, diversity and inclusion across the state.
“With the recent outcome from the marriage equality vote and accompanying legislation, this building will serve as a legacy to the historical change that occurred in Australia last year,” Munro said.
The Andrews’ Victorian government last year announced $15 million to support the development of the centre at 79-81 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda.
The site was donated by the City of Port Phillip. The centre is due to open in 2020.