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Bendigo TAFE and the Clendon Centre triumph at the Victorian Architecture Awards

We’re thrilled to share that two Architectus education projects have been recognised at the 2022 Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter Awards.

Bendigo TAFE by Architectus, 6 Degrees Architects and SBLA Studio has won the Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design. 

The revitalisation of the City Campus of Bendigo TAFE has created a stimulating educational environment where students are empowered to make their own choices about how, where, and when they learn.  

Two heritage buildings are retained and reimagined, new insertions are made to a 1990s building, and two new three-level buildings complete the campus streetscapes and put TAFE’s hallmark hands-on learning on display from the street and within the porous, light-filled atria. A delicate landscape strategy knits the buildings together as a campus for investigation and delight. 

Woven into the historic fabric of Bendigo, the new City Campus celebrates TAFE’s industrial heritage and champions its ongoing contribution to regional prosperity. It communicates to prospective students, industry partners and the broader community that Bendigo TAFE is an industry-focused, future-focused, approachable, and inspiring place to learn. 

Learn more about the project here.

Bendigo TAFE City Campus - Exterior Facade

Winning the Henry Bastow Award for Educational Architecture, the Clendon Centre is a new learning and home base for Loreto Toorak’s Years 7 to 9 students, and the third major project on campus completed by Architectus over the last 12 years. There are six-floor levels, three of which are below ground.

The new building has been designed to maximise the development opportunity for Loreto within a very restrictive physical context. The building form and materiality needed to respect the physical and visual integrity of the schools’ historic setting: Mandeville Hall designed by Charles Webb, St George’s Chapel, its outbuildings and, importantly for Heritage Victoria, the memory of the site as a residential compound. The building form is the outcome of the rigorous investigation of its function and setting – a ‘Contextual Modernism’. Its functional geometry engages with its immediate physical environment while also responding to the residential scale and rhythm of Clendon Road.

Read more about the Clendon Centre here. 

The Clendon Centre_Victorian Archicture Awards


The Clendon Centre_Victorian Archicture Awards
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