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Victorian Architecture Awards: Gatwick, Puffing Billy, Australia 108 shortlisted


An apartment inside the once notorious Gatwick Hotel has been shortlisted for an AIA interior design award.


An apartment in the once notorious Gatwick Private Hotel has been shortlisted for one of Victoria’s top architecture awards.

From Melbourne’s tallest building, Australia 108, to the Puffing Billy Lakeside Visitor Centre, Centrepiece at Melbourne Park and the Victorian Pride Centre, some of the state’s best-known landmarks are among 125 projects in the running for the 2022 Victorian Architecture Awards.

But despite a high-profile overhaul by The Block in 2018, the Gatwick gong is being considered for a ground level apartment the show ignored and sold as an empty shell to Kosloff Architects directors Julian Kosloff and Stephanie Bullock for $1.71m in 2019.

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Mr Kosloff said the Fitzroy St, St Kilda, hotel’s ground level had been left “like a colossal ruin” after The Block finished with the site’s upper levels.

Despite years of crimes as severe as murder and sad stories for the often struggling guests of the hotel before it was renovated, the architects “didn’t want to eradicate its past” and left the home as close to the way it was when they bought it as possible.

A Gatwick Hotel apartment designed by Kosloff Architecture has been shortlisted for the Victorian Architecture Awards MUST CREDIT - DEREK SWALWELL

A Gatwick Hotel apartment designed by Kosloff Architecture has been shortlisted for the Victorian Architecture Awards. Picture: Derek Swalwell


A before photo of the Gatwick apartment by Kosloff Architecture's lounge room

The apartment was left in fairly rough condition when the TV show cleared out.


A Gatwick Hotel apartment designed by Kosloff Architecture has been shortlisted for the Victorian Architecture Awards MUST CREDIT - DEREK SWALWELL

The kitchen is less OTT than most of those on the hit TV show. Picture: Derek Swalwell.


“And it’s been a really beautiful place to live,” Mr Kosloff said.

Australian Institute of Architects state manager Tim Leslie said the Gatwick, short-listed for an interior architecture award, and several other projects contesting this year’s awards showed places “filled with stories” could be renewed in a way that improved the area around them.

Mr Leslie said the awards celebrated architects as “agents of change” who worked to tap into the constant evolution of a city or area and to “change them for the better”.

Puffing Billy Lakeside Visitor Centre designed by Terroir has been shortlisted for the Victorian Architecture Awards MUST CREDIT - PETER BENNETTS

Puffing Billy Lakeside Visitor Centre is up for a number of awards. Picture: Peter Bennetts.


The Victorian Pride Centre designed by BAU GAA Brearley Architects & Urbanists and Grant Armon Architects has been shortlisted for the Victorian Architecture Awards (1)

The Victorian Pride Centre designed by BAU GAA Brearley Architects & Urbanists and Grant Armon Architects has been shortlisted for the Victorian Architecture Awards. Picture: John Gollings.


The Victorian Pride Centre designed by BAU GAA Brearley Architects & Urbanists and Grant Armon Architects has been shortlisted for the Victorian Architecture Awards (1)

Inside the striking Victorian Pride Centre. Picture: John Gollings.


Across the road from the Gatwick, the Victorian Pride Centre is short-listed for three categories including the sought-after Melbourne Prize, popular tourist spot Puffing Billy’s Lakeside Visitor Centre is pursuing two awards, and Centrepiece at Melbourne Park in the city’s pre-eminent sports precinct will contest the public architecture award.

Melbourne’s literal largest landmark, the 317m tall Australia 108 designed by Fender Katsalidis will contest the multiple housing award.

The Centrepoint at Melbourne Park redevelopment designed by NH Architecture has been shortlisted for the Victorian Architecture Awards MUST CREDIT - PETER BENNETTS

The Centrepoint at Melbourne Park redevelopment designed by NH Architecture has been shortlisted for the Victorian Architecture Awards. Picture: Peter Bennetts.


Centrepiece at Melbourne Park designed by NH Architecture is shortlisted for the Victorian Architecture Awards MUST CREDIT - PETER BENNETTS

The site is set in the city’s pre-eminent sports precinct. Picture: Peter Bennetts.


The Keilor Police Hut re-erected to a design by Andronas Conservation Architecture is shortlisted for a Victorian Architecture Award MUST CREDIT - CASAMENTO PHOTOGRAPHY

The Keilor Police Hut re-erected to a design by Andronas Conservation Architecture is shortlisted for the Victorian Architecture Awards. Picture: Casamento Photography.


But it will go head-to-head with projects including an unusual Austin Maynard Architects apartment building in Brunswick described as “terrace houses stacked six high” that features an homage to a weatherboard house at its peak.

Other unusual projects shortlisted include a Keilor Police Hut which was recreated by Conservation Architecture.

Australia 108 designed by Fender Katsalidis has been shortlisted for the Victorian Architecture Awards MUST CREDIT - PETER BENNETTS

Melbourne’s tallest tower, Australia 108, has been shortlisted for the Victorian Architecture Awards. Picture Peter Bennetts.


Terrace House designed by Austin Maynard Architects  has been shortlisted for the Victorian Architecture Awards MUST CREDIT - DEREK SWALWELL

Terrace House designed by Austin Maynard Architects was conceived as terrace houses stacked six high — and topped with an homage to a weatherboard house. Picture: Derek Swalwell.


But some high-profile sites have missed out, including Premier Tower which was famously designed based on the body of American songstress Beyonce.

Juries will visit short-listed projects in the coming weeks, with winners to be announced at an awards ceremony on June 17.

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