On last Friday evening Vincent Feeney, St. Joseph’s College Principal, ventured into Melbourne’s Crown Palladium full of anticipation. He was there attending the Victorian Architecture Awards 2011 as the guest of Michael Bellemo and Cat Macleod, of Bellemo and Cat, who have designed many structures at the College over recent years. The most recent of these is the new Administration Centre.
Our Administration Centre, which was officially opened on October 10 2010, was nominated for an award under the category Public Architecture – Alterations and Additions. It had already achieved great heights – of the 15 buildings nominated the design had been shortlisted to the top 8. Hence the anticipation.The four winners in this category were soon made known and Bellemo and Cat, for their design of our Administration Centre, were the first announced.
I am sure you will all join us in congratulating them on achieving this award, and wish them luck in the next stage, the Australian Architecture Awards.
The Architect Victoria Awards Guide stated:
Bellemo + Cat’s new administration centre is the result of a cleverly conceived plan to radically transform the identity and presentation of the campus. A new face to the existing school has been created by building a relatively small addition to act as an entry space, meeting areas and Principal’s office.
The jury admires the original concept followed through with clever resolution of siting and orientation, which achieves gathering spaces with a multitude of functions. It seems that the architect have fully realized the grand ambitions of the client with humour through form, colour and materials.