MGS Architects exists to create quietly brilliant places —
places with longevity and adaptability that
deliver daily value to the people who use them.
We are driven by an educated curiosity
and a desire to do work that contributes to
our clients’ prosperity and the development
of the inclusive city.
Our work encompasses
architecture, urban design and interiors
Monash University Masterplan Shortlisted
The masterplan for Monash University Clayton Campus has been recognised among the best urban design projects in the nation, shortlisted for the Australia Award for Urban Design Large Scale Delivered Outcome. The winner will be announced on Thursday 13 October.
Level Crossing Removal Success
MGS has been appointed as part of the winning alliance led by Laing O'Rourke, Fulton Hogan and Jacobs. This major project will remove the Lower Plenty Road and Grange Road level crossings. Our role involves the architectural and urban design of Rosanna Station and other infrastructure at Heidelberg and Alphington. The full announcement can be found here.
University of Wollongong Master Plan Endorsed
The University of Wollongong has endorsed and publically released the campus master plan, as the culmination of over 9 months of detailed work by our office and our multidisciplinary team of consultants. The plan, which will guide the campus development over the next 20 years, was prepared in consultation with the University's senior leadership, staff, students and with strong engagement with council and the local community. For more info, click here.
MGS announces new Associate Director and Associate appointments
MGS Architects are pleased to announce new appointments into key studio leadership positions. Ahmad Fardi, Catherine Ranger and Simon Wollan have all been promoted to the new position of Associate Director at MGS. Babak Kahvazadeh, John Bezemer and Katherine Sundermann have all been promoted to the position of Associate. Collectively this promotion reflects our studio’s commitment to innovative design solutions, technical expertise, strong client relations and industry leadership.
Australian Ballet School Residences Think Brick Award Finalist
The Australian Ballet School Residences was named as a finalist in the 2016 Horbury Hunt Commercial Award category of the Think Brick awards. This recognises the innovative yet playful use of brick in the design of these residences, responding sensitively to the brick and terracotta heritage of the existing house. See here for more information.
Housing as essential urban infrastructure
Rob McGauran recently published a call to rethink housing and urban renewal in Australian cities in order to better meet the desperate need for more diverse forms of housing in the future. Read more here (PDF, 2.8mb)
Monash Unversity Clayton Campus win
MGS Architects is pleased to announce that the Monash Clayton Eastern Residential Precinct has been presented with an Architecture Award for Urban Design by the AIA Victorian Chapter, alongside two other major awards for architectural design. The project sets a new benchmark for the ability of a diverse range of place makers and architects collaborating to deliver a high quality neighbourhood. The full list of winners is available here.
VincentCare Flemington Road Project
Urban Melbourne has published the first public views of a very exciting project currently underway in the studio. VincentCare Victoria has engaged MGS Architects to prepare a major development incorporating short and longer term accommodation and community facilities for the homeless. Read more here and check back for more updates soon.
A Secret Garden
Read a recent article in The Age that describes some of the ideas behind the design of the Australian Ballet School Residences, including interviews with MGS director Joshua Wheeler and associate Catherine Ranger. The relationship between old and new buildings and the importance of creating a 'home away from home' are forefront in this review.
Monash University featured in AIA Awards shortlist
Major projects at Monash University Clayton Campus have again featured in the shortlist for the AIA Victorian Architecture Awards. Two Halls of Residence projects (by MCR and Hayball with Richard Middleton) have been shortlisted for multiple housing, and the MGS masterplan for the precinct as a whole has been shortlisted for urban design. Congratulations to Monash University and our partners and colleagues in these great projects.
Reimagining the West
Melbourne's western suburbs are ready for a brilliant future, aided by focussed investment and a coordinated vision for transformation. See this two-part interview with MGS Director Rob McGauran on the potential for Melbourne's west, supported by images from key MGS projects for the City of Brimbank, Victoria University and the City of Maribyrnong.
Launching the Women in Art, Design and Architecture Network
Gender equity is a societal issue which goes to the core of the values we share. Women need to be given the same career opportunities as men and should be engaged to design our most important public and civic buildings. Men need equal opportunities too, and this means nurturing and caring for family and friends. MGS congratulates Monash on the establishment of the Women in Art, Design and Architecture Network.
Put It On Exhibition
An exhibition of jewellery works featuring the designs of MGS director Eli Giannini, Associate Sue Buchannan and Jane Mooney was recently reviewed in The Age. The exhibition, continuing at &Gallery (220 Spencer Street, Melbourne) until April 15, features objects made with a mix of high and low materials including high-vis reflectors, intended in part to investigate the gap between visual and tactile experience.
Agents for Social Change
Read this interview with MGS director Rob McGauran, recently published in Assemble Papers. The wide ranging discussion covers many of Rob's passions and gives insights into the everyday thinking within the studio. It also features some fantastic photos of some of our recent projects. Click here for more.
Australian Ballet School Student Residence Opened
Marilyn Rowe House, the Australian Ballet School’s new student residence, was officially opened in January by The Australian Ballet’s patron, His Excellency the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd). The new student accommodation building is a delicate addition to one of Parkville’s grand old homes providing shared living and dormitory spaces for up to twenty-five ballet students. Full photos to follow, preview here.
Planning for a Civic Community Life in the Future
In December 2015 MGS Director Rob McGauran was appointed an Ambassador for the City of Melbourne's Future Melbourne 2026 project. This project asks the community what Melbourne might look like in ten years' time. Media coverage in The Age helps begin this conversation, including quotes from Rob on the importance of inclusive and sustainable urban growth. Read the article here or more about the Future Melbourne 2026 project here.
Seasons Greetings 2015
MGS Architects would like to extend the warmest of wishes to our clients and colleagues and celebrate the outstanding projects we have completed this year, our 30 years in business. After a big year we will be taking a short break over the next few weeks. The office will be closed between Wednesday, 23rd December and Monday, 11th January. The MGS team wishes you a wonderful holiday season and an exciting start to 2016.
Better Design leads to Healthy Cities
MGS Director Rob McGauran spoke yesterday at the Creating Healthy Cities Summit organised by the ADC Forum. His talk focussed on the need for design led approaches for creating better cities, using processes grounded by evidence as a means to build a compelling case for change. A summary of his talk is available here (PDF, 3.6mb).
Australian Ballet School Residence nears completion
The new student accommodation for the Australian Ballet School is due for completion in January 2016. Weather tight at the start of November the project is proceeding at a fast pace with internal linings currently being installed. MGS were pleased to be commissioned to select the loose furniture throughout the residence, now complete and ordered for delivery. For a preview of the northern courtyard, click here.
New Gisbourne Retail
Monash University wins National Urban Design Award
University of Wollongong Master Plan
We are excited to begin work on a master plan for the University of Wollongong, creating a vision and framework to guide campus development over the next twenty years. Due for competition in July 2016, the master plan will be driven by engagement with University academics, students and the facilities team, government and industry partners and the Wollongong community.
Bendigo Library wins Australian Property Institute Award
The Bendigo Library was a Commendation Recipient in the Local Government Property Category at the recent API awards. The award was presented to the City of Greater Bendigo in acknowledgement of their delivery of the completed library, its contribution to the local community and for achieving a sustainable development in the built for the long term social benefit of the community. Congratulations to all involved.
Balwyn Park Community Facility
MGS have recently been awarded the contract for the Balwyn Park Tennis and Community Facility by the City of Boroondara. The new facility will provide accommodation for the Balwyn Park Tennis Club, including four new tennis courts, and for a diverse range of community needs and activities including multipurpose community spaces, U3A, and seasonal football and cricket club use.
Our Evolving Identity
Architecture Award Success at Monash University
The recent 2015 Victorian Architecture Awards demonstrate the depth of design quality emerging at Monash University Clayton. Five awards were given to campus projects, including the prestigious Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design awarded to Monash University North West Precinct by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects in collaboration with MGS (masterplan). Congratulations to all involved in these great projects. More info here.
La Trobe University Bendigo Campus Master Plan endorsed
Following the successful completion of the Melbourne Campus Master Plan, La Trobe University Council has recently endorsed the Bendigo Campus Master Plan. This will provide a comprehensive guide to the development of the Flora Hill campus for the next 15 years. The plan reimagines the campus as one of a network of collaborative knowledge hubs across Bendigo. The first projects from the plan are already underway.
Australian Ballet School Residence
The tenders for the construction of the much needed accommodation for the best of Australia’s future dance talent has recently closed. The design by MGS Architects for the renovation of the existing Edwardian villa and 450m2 extension will for the first time provide high-quality, specifically configured housing for the Australian Ballet School and will help the school compete with the best schools internationally. For a preview of the design, click here.
Bendigo Published in International Journal
A subtle and striking design: Bendigo Library interview and review
Towards the Polycentric Knowledge City
Approval for Landmark Tower
MGS are pleased to announce the award of a planning permit for 389 Swanston Street. The project, a 33 storey tower on a small site, will bring an exciting mix of vertical retailing, hospitality and student college living to this bustling junction between Melbourne CBD's core retailing and educational precincts. The planning permit was approved through direct negotiations with Melbourne City Council who recognised the important contribution that this project would bring to the city.
La Trobe University Melbourne Campus Master Plan endorsed
La Trobe University Council has endorsed the Melbourne Campus Master Plan. MGS Architects led a multi-disciplinary project team over a 14 month process to deliver this important plan for the University’s premier campus. The Master Plan, described as an important milestone in the University's evolution, will underpin decisions for the transformation of the campus and associated landholdings.
New Generation Bendigo Library wins AIA Victoria Regional Award
The recently completed New Generation Bendigo Library has won the AIA Victoria Regional Award. The jury noted that ‘the library redevelopment makes a significant contribution to the regional regeneration of the City of Bendigo as a major piece of civic infrastructure which is progressive and forward looking’. The project also received a commendation in the Public Architecture – Alterations and Additions category.
Combining architectural best practice with
complementary thinking about our social milieu,
MGS reframes the tensions in the brief
Our clients benefit from optimistic
approaches to real world solutions that are
commercially successful, resilient and enabling.
Urban Diner - Pacific Werribee Entertainment Precinct
Client: The Pacific Group of Companies
Monash University, Clayton Campus Masterplan
Client: Monash University
Year: 2011 (full project 2030)
389 Swanston Street
Client: Far East
Year: 2014 (planning approval)
Client: City of Greater Bendigo and Goldfields Library Corporation
Winner: Victorian AIA Awards 2014 - Regional Prize
Commendation: Victorian AIA Awards 2014 - Public Buildings
Student Residence - The Australian Ballet School
Location: Parkville, Melbourne
Client: The Australian Ballet School
La Trobe University Melbourne Master Plan
Location: Bundoora, Melbourne
Client: La Trobe University
McIntyre Drive Social Housing
Client: Department of Human Services
National AIA Awards 2013: Frederick Romberg Award for Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing
Victorian AIA Awards 2013: Best Overend Award for Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing
Clifton Hill Rail Bridge
Location: Clifton Hill
Client: Department of Infrastructure
Chapel Street Community Housing
Location: St Kilda
Client: Port Phillip Housing Association
Winner: 2013 Dulux Colour Awards: Multi Residential Interiors
China Bar Signature
Client: China Bar Buffet Pty Ltd
La Trobe University Bendigo Master Plan
Client: La Trobe University
Urban Diner - Pacific Epping Entertainment Precinct
Client: The Pacific Group of Companies
Lilydale Quarry Masterplan
Client: Sibelco Australia and Places Victoria
Transport Accident Commission (TAC)
Client: FKP Property Group
Winner: Victorian AIA Awards 2009 - Commercial Architecture
Alphington Paper Mills Masterplan
Client: Alpha Partners and Glenvill
Drill Hall Community Hub and Housing
Client: Housing Choices Australia
Winner 2012 Dulux Colour Awards (Multi Residential Interiors/Multi Residential Exteriors)
Winner 2011 Australasian Housing Institute Professional Excellence
Awards (Australian and Victorian Leading Housing Solution)
To us, brilliance lies in the power of
combinations others often fail to reconcile.
In our world, the competing demands of
living well yet sustainably are coupled with
the desire for individual expression, the need
for community and a longing to be delighted
MGS can rightfully claim to be the practice
that embraces this tension,
finding opportunity in the dichotomies
We offer an expanded idea of architecture
and design, drawing on our strengths in advocacy,
artistry, business acumen, research, policy
development and community engagement.
Our work is guided by insight into the
community we service and is allied to a deep
sense of commerciality.
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