The Round | BKK Architects + Kerstin Thompson Architects

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

The Round | BKK Architects + Kerstin Thompson Architects

Traditional Land Owners
Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung of the Kulin Nation


Public Architecture
Kane Constructions (building) and Building Engineering (car park)
Derek Swalwell
Shannon McGrath
Project summary

The Round is the new cultural hub for the Whitehorse community. Welcoming and inspiring, it is a place for both the everyday and special event; both a premiere performance and events facility, and base for a diverse range of local community and business groups, artists, performers and patrons alike.

For Millennia this place has been recognised and used as ceremonial ground, for the convergence of many. Whitehorse, Nunawading or Namenarren – it is a place of many names and myriad stories.

A building in the round its curvaceous perimeter creates a series of opportunities for place-making and community programming. Five Faces, Five Places. Unified through brick, some big, some small, each forges a robust, enduring and proudly civic presence responsive to its immediate context.

A whole of site strategy the new precinct integrates architecture, landscape, ecology and infrastructure towards a new and engaging model for a suburban civic centre.

Victorian Architecture Awards Accolades
Commendation – COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
Commendation for Public Architecture
Victorian Jury Citation

COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture – Commendation

BKK + Kerstin Thompson have worked hard to transform a beloved institution, succeeding on a number of complex briefed fronts while creating a community asset that feels generous and warm.  

The building flows from one space to the other in an easy manner, and the public realm creates an urban dialogue that feels genuinely connected to its suburban context. The architectural collaboration is unified here, a true melding of thoughtful design moves to create a flexible civic asset.  

Commendation for Public Architecture

The Round has a dignified civic presence with its high level of architectural virtuosity and built craftsmanship in becoming a new cultural hub for the Whitehorse community. Engaging thoroughly with local Indigenous connections and histories, this sophisticated building with its diverse program seamlessly integrates landscape, ecology, sustainability, and infrastructure to become a premier event and performance facility. 

Design of The Round has informed every element of building’s function. From our brand identity and goals to our operational efficiency and service.

The Round has been designed to sit within and add to our community with its many faces welcoming those that use the parkland and residential precinct. It’s curved designed is inviting and alludes to the full circle community activation of space at the heart of any great infrastructure project. This design informed the building name and brand.

The Round’s operational and technical design also allows for a world class performing arts experience for patrons, staff and performers.

Project Practice Team

George Huon
Kerstin Thompson
Simon Knott
Jennifer Salter
Claire Humphreys
Georgia Hocking
Lauren Garner
James Flaherty
Kanyanta Chipanta
Grant Dixon
Javier Lopez-Manchero
Toby Pond
Ewan Carson
Kelvin Chai
Lauren Dornau
Elizabeth Mason
Luke Tuckman
Mario de Bem
Jennifer Chen
Christopher Harber
Nicole Mechkaroff
Sarah Cooper
Jack Lee
Tamsin O’Reilly
Hilary Sleigh
Marc Sullivan
Ashlee Pukk


Project Consultant and Construction Team

Rider Levett Bucknall

ASPECT Studios

WSP Australia

Phillip Chun

Atelier 10

Contour Consultants

Buro North

Architecture and Access

Acoustic Studio

The Maytrix Group

Schuler Shook

Schuler Shook


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