Nunawading Community Hub | fjmtstudio

Nunawading Community Hub | fjmtstudio | Photographer: John Gollings

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Nunawading Community Hub | fjmtstudio

Traditional Land Owners
Wurundjeri
Year
2023
Chapter

Victoria

Category
Public Architecture
Builder
Ireland Brown Constructions
Photographer
John Gollings
Project summary

Located on the derelict Nunawading Primary School site, interlinked with its football oval and Tunstall Park, lies the new Nunawading Community Hub. On the traditional land of the Woiworung, where large gatherings were held, this becomes a place of gathering and shared knowledge again.

The heritage schoolhouse is integral to the response, lying at the threshold to the site, retaining local materiality and celebrating the collective memory of many who spent their childhood there. The oval drives the highly transparent park interface. Abstract white forms rise as a backdrop to heritage fabric, to the park and to community life. The scheme creates a certain monumentality whilst playfully developing a dialogue with surrounding post-war boom homes through its roof prole. Responding to a constrained budget, considered design and detail are delivered within a restrained palette. This white, seamless backdrop celebrates people and their creativity, their activity and their sense of togetherness.

2023
Victorian Architecture Awards Accolades
Shortlist – Public Architecture
Victorian Jury Presentation

The Nunawading Community Hub design set out to achieve Council’s strategic direction in supporting a healthy, inclusive and diverse community and to enhance the built and natural environments.

Co-located groups in the new Hub, support social interchange of knowledge and experience is fostered further encouraging the facilities use.

It is a vibrant public place, incorporating sustainable and accessible design principles, visual connection to parkland and quality inclusive spaces for community groups.

The venue provides the community with equitable access to meet, collaborate, and socialise, whilst others draw links to their social past through the newly refurbished heritage school building.

Project Practice Team

David Moody, Team Member
Geoff Croker, Team Member
Louise Goodman, Team Member
Nic Patman, Team Member
Richard Francis-Jones, Design Director

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Architecture and Access, Access
GTA Consultants, Traffic
Mariljohn, Kitchen Consultant
Philip Chun, Surveyor
Pigeon Ward, Graphics & Signage
Slattery, Quantity Surveyor
WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff, Acoustic Consultant
WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff, Civil Consultant
WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff, Electrical Consultant
WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff, ESD Consultant
WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff, Fire Engineering
WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff, Hydraulic Consultant
WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff, Structural Engineer

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