Moonee Valley Tote | Field Office Architecture

Moonee Valley Tote | Field Office Architecture | Photographer: Pier Carthew

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Moonee Valley Tote | Field Office Architecture

Traditional Land Owners


COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
The Dimity Reed Melbourne Prize (VIC)
Tandem Building Group
Kristoffer Paulsen
Pier Carthew
Project summary

The Tote Bar and Restaurant project involved the adaptive reuse of a heritage listed betting building transformed into a contemporary hospitality venue for the enjoyment of the neighbourhood and racecourse regulars alike.

New materials and details were selected to harmonise against the original fabric with fresh, neutral curved masonry walls and fine black metal detailing providing a sleek and elegant transition to a clearly contemporary design language which does not seek to mimic or compete with the heritage form.

Whether the Tote is buzzing with post race energy or enjoying a quite Saturday neighbourhood lunch, the transformation of this significant piece of Moonee Valley history has given the building a future that reflects the evolving movements and developments of the neighbourhood. Its vibrant racing past has been honoured, respected and celebrated to create a holistic identity that will move it forward into its future.

Victorian Jury Presentation
Project Practice Team

Ashlea Hughes, Project Architect
Chris Barnes, Project Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Ascot Engineering, Hydraulic Consultant
Ascot, Electrical Consultant
Lovell Chen, Heritage Consultant
Measure Engineering, Structural Engineer
Meinhardt Group, Civil Consultant
Mitchell and Eades, Interior Designer
PLP Building Surveyors and Consultants Pty Ltd, Building Surveyor
Tango, Project Manager
Tract, Landscape Consultant
Tract, Town Planner

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