Shepparton Art Museum wins Major Gong at Victorian Architecture Awards

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The Shepparton Art Museum has been recognised at the 2022 Victorian Architecture Awards, with the Denton Corker Marshall-designed building taking out the Public Architecture category.

The Museum was chosen for its design excellence and creative site response, which saw the building sat on a floodplain, culminating in an intriguing design response including four floating perforated L-shaped plates that suspended from varied heights, made up of contrasting material. The five storey building comprises 5,300sqm of floorspace, with every surface presenting an opportunity for display, event or installation.

“Shepparton Art Museum is characterised by simplicity and clarity, creating a recognisable landmark and cultural destination. We are so pleased to receive this award in recognition of the impact this building has on the local community,” says Denton Corker Marshall Director Sonja Syre.

“SAM is a significant cultural facility for Victoria’s fifth largest city. We are really pleased with the recognition this award gives to the people of Shepparton, the Council, and the gallery staff for this landmark art museum,” adds Director Adrian FitzGerald.

The Museum is regarded as Australia’s first public museum to hold a 6-Star Green Star rating. The building houses over 4,000 artworks and is home to the Kaiela Arts Aboriginal Arts Centre.

“Shepparton Art Museum is an elegantly resolved example of public architecture enriching and enriching communities, particularly in regional locations,” a statement from the Public Architecture Jury reads.

“Denton Corker Marshall’s competition-winning scheme turned a challenging floodway into an opportunity for conceptual clarity, with a small and tall approach to massing. The resultant sculptural form creates a bold statement on an otherwise low-lying landscape; a beacon that signifies both arrival to Shepparton, and Shepparton’s arrival to the national arts scene.”

Rebecca Coates, former Artistic Director & CEO at the Shepparton Art Museum, says the design illustrates Shepparton’s status as an emerging cultural destination.

“The building is about hope and aspiration, with a range of welcoming spaces and places designed to invite all members of the public to meet, enjoy, and call their own through arts and culture. There’s a play of theater, performance and comfortable reflection with natural light and views to the landscape connecting people to context and landscape.”

125 projects were submitted for the awards across 14 categories. The Jury extends their congratulations to all winners and Denton Corker Marshall in a statement below.

“The 2022 entries into the Public Architecture category illustrate the strength of our industry following two years of repeated periods of isolation and limited access to public buildings. Many of the projects in this category responded to a renewed aspiration for places where communities come together to work, create and play – places which enable chance encounters, shared experiences and connection.

“The jury congratulators Denton Corker Marshall on their award for Public Architecture, in what is a display and testament to the great benefits of a well-designed public place.”

The Shepparton Art Museum now progresses to compete in the Australian Architecture Awards. For more information, visit www.architecture.com.au/awards.