Almost two years ago, construction began on 41X. But, as many of you know, the project’s inception dates back to 2006, when National Council commissioned a detailed feasibility study for the site, encompassing a range of potential options for its future.
These options varied from renovation to relocation. After extensive consultation, National Council decided that the site would be redeveloped into a small office tower that would set the standards in Australian architecture.
In 2008, the Institute held a two-stage design competition. The commission was awarded to Lyons with a concept that explored ideas about the hybrid public/commercial building, the engagement of the Institute with the public and creating a benchmark sustainability project.
In 2012, following a rigorous selection process, HASSELL was selected as architect for the fit-out of the Institute levels.
Now, seven years since the feasibility study, we are only a few weeks from completion.
We are immensely proud of our new Melbourne home. It is an exemplary, small footprint, commercial building that shows how good design, sustainability and the work of architects can deliver outstanding results.
We hope that you will come and visit when you have the chance. There will be a number of member tours and associated events and we will announce these when dates are locked in.
It is planned that the Institute’s Melbourne-based business units, including the Victorian Chapter, National Office Melbourne and Archicentre will move into 41X late November. Architext will relocate early in the new year. More details on the move in coming weeks.
For the latest updates, images and time lapse footage, visit the 41X website.
To close, I’d just like to congratulate those honoured at the World Architecture Festival awards earlier this month. Australian firms were recognised by 16 awards and took out three of the four overall awards, including World’s Best Building, World’s Best Future Building and World’s Best Landscape. This is a fantastic result and shows that we are really delivering projects at the highest level of design and collaboration in the world. More information here.
David Parken, CEO.