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
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.
Client: City of Greater Bendigo and Goldfields Library Corporation
Winner: Victorian AIA Awards 2014 - Regional Prize
Commendation: Victorian AIA Awards 2014 - Public Buildings
La Trobe University Bendigo Master Plan
Client: La Trobe University
389 Swanston Street
Client: Far East
Year: 2014 (planning approval)
Urban Diner - Pacific Epping Entertainment Precinct
Client: The Pacific Group of Companies
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
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
Clifton Hill Rail Bridge
Location: Clifton Hill
Client: Department of Infrastructure
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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Melbourne 3000 Australia
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