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BDAV 2014 Building Design Awards

Highway Property

Winner Non-Residential Design - New Project

Winner Excellence in Use of Glass

Designer: Brandrick Architects Builder: Davey & Williams Civil Commercial Constructions Pty Ltd
Phone: (03) 5482 6984   Photographer: Rhys Leslie Photography and Daniel Lamb Photography
Web: Location: Echuca, VIC

Located on the banks of the mighty Murray, Echuca enjoys a rich paddle-steamer and river-port history. Today, south-bound travellers crossing the bridge from NSW are greeted by a testament to high quality commercial building design. This gateway site overlooks the only bridge across the Murray River into town. The bridge approach includes a major intersection between the historic Echuca port, central business district and a residential area.

This landmark office building contrasts stunning blue glazed panels with detailed concrete. The blue glass feature-panels appear to float around the fa├žade. Abundant blue filtered light floods the internal space creating an opulent, airy and polished interior. This transparency extends throughout the interior design; minimal use of solid walls and floors creates a discrete focus on the opaque surfaces remaining. Subtle use of timber throughout softens the angular geometry of internal spaces, resulting in a well-balanced professional commercial space fit for any Fortune 500 company.

The building captures the attention of passersby as well as maximising the picturesque views on offer across the river to the State Forest as well as to the Echuca township, nearby churches and other historic buildings.

This office has become a unique landmark within its context, addressing the corner site with striking yet elegant command.