The Shepparton Art Museum has been honored at the 2022 Victorian Architecture Awards, with the Denton Corker Marshall-designed building winning the Public Architecture category.
The museum was chosen for its design excellence and creative response to the site, which saw the building sitting on a floodplain, resulting in an intriguing design response comprising four perforated L-shaped floating plates that hang from varying heights, composed of contrasting materiality. The five-story building comprises 5,300 m² of floor space, with each surface presenting a display, event or installation opportunity.
“The Shepparton Art Museum is characterized by its simplicity and clarity, creating a recognizable landmark and cultural destination. We are delighted to receive this award in recognition of the impact this building has had on the local community,” said Sonja Syre, Principal of Denton Corker Marshall.
“SAM is an important cultural facility for Victoria’s fifth largest city. We are truly delighted with the recognition this award bestows on the people of Shepparton, Council and gallery staff at this historic art museum,” added Director Adrian FitzGerald.
The museum is considered the first public museum in Australia to hold a 6-star Green Star rating. The building houses over 4,000 works of art and houses the Kaiela Arts Aboriginal Arts Centre.
“The Shepparton Museum of Art is an elegantly purposeful example of public architecture enabling and enriching communities, especially in regional sites,” read a statement from the public architecture jury.
“Denton Corker Marshall’s competition-winning design turned a challenging bypass channel into an opportunity for design clarity, with a big-and-small approach to mass. The resulting sculptural form creates a bold statement on an otherwise low landscape; a beacon that signifies both the arrival in Shepparton and the arrival of Shepparton on the national arts scene.
Rebecca Coates, former artistic director and CEO of the Shepparton Art Museum, says the design exemplifies Shepparton’s status as an emerging cultural destination.
“The building is about hope and aspiration, with a range of welcoming spaces and venues designed to invite all members of the public to meet, have fun and make arts and culture their own. . There is play, performance, and comfortable reflection with natural light and landscape views connecting people to context and landscape.
125 projects were submitted for the awards in 14 categories. The jury sends its congratulations to all winners and Denton Corker Marshall in a statement below.
“The 2022 entries in the Public Architecture category illustrate the strength of our industry after two years of repeated periods of isolation and limited access to public buildings. Many projects in this category have responded to a renewed yearning for places where communities come together to work, create and play – places that allow for chance encounters, shared experiences and connections.
“The jury congratulates Denton Corker Marshall on his award for public architecture, in what is a demonstration and testimony to the great benefits of a well-designed public place.”
The Shepparton Art Museum is now progressing to participate in the Australian Architecture Awards. For more information, visit www.architecture.com.au/awards.