DesignInc is proud to announce that our project the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) has been awarded both the Victorian Medal and the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture at the 2017 AIA Victorian Architecture Awards, in collaboration with Silver Thomas Hanley and McBride Charles Ryan, at the 2017 Victorian Architecture Awards.
Designed under a public-private partnership, the VCCC is situated in the heart of Melbourne’s research and biomedical precinct in Parkville, positively contributing to Melbourne’s architectural design precinct.
The building has been honoured for its beautiful design concept of natural geometry reflecting the natural world, with the exterior following a pattern that depicts branches growing and splitting, and the lobby featuring a simplified palette of natural timbers and white terrazzo flooring.
Although the building is renowned for its beautiful design and architectural features, this project represents more than just good design – it embodies an approach to the built environment that places people at the centre.
This year, the Victorian Architecture Awards focused on designing healthy, liveable spaces that inspire wellbeing and promote the value of good architecture by creating places for people. The panel noted a strong showing of health projects, and acknowledged the importance of quality design environments that achieved positive health-related outcomes.
DesignInc was part of the STHDI+MCR consortium to provide a new home for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and new cancer research facilities for the University of Melbourne.
Through innovation and collaboration, the VCCC provides quality design that achieves positive health-related outcomes through its strong vision to save lives through the integration of cancer research, education and patient care, driving the next generation to improve the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer.
Most importantly, the VCCC’s mission is to see an increase in cancer cures and survival, and to create a real difference to the lives of patients and their families.
The Victorian Medal panel distinguished the buildings achievements for attracting a global interest at a time when institutions such as the VCCC need to compete for talent internationally. The architectural design of the centre assists in establishing a compelling image and has been successful in attracting researchers from around the world.
Putting people and communities first, the award-winning VCCC has been recognised as an exemplary public sector project, which will serve the Victorian community for years to come.