The Sir John Monash Centre by Cox Architecture with Williams, Abrahams and Lampros won two awards from the International Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects.
The Institute, dedicated to the promotion of Australian architects and architecture in Australia and abroad recognizes best practices through a national architecture awards program.
The first award recognizes heritage architecture overseas. The jury praised the architects’ approach to integrating the interpretive centre on the site of the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery and the Australian National Memorial. “The Sir John Monash Centre is contextualized both by the pre-existing building, Lutyens’ Memorial, and by the surrounding landscape. After visiting the gravesites, visitors are led to the bunker-like space by a series of ramps, allowing them to experience the space and conditions once felt by their fallen compatriots” the jury explained.
Jennifer Nichols, Executive Director of the International Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects, said: ” This important project not only honours Australia’s military history, but also showcases the talent of Australian architects working overseas. The centre is a place for reflection as well as a venue for community ceremonies and a hub for historical research and is a worthy winner of the only named award presented in the 2021 International Chapter Awards.”
The second award, recognizes the architecture of a public project and the way visitors discover, navigate, and use the site.
With two awards, the Sir John Monash Centre is the most highly awarded project by the Australian Institute of Architects this year. These new awards are the 17th and 18th for the Sir John Monash Centre.