Hansen Yuncken has completed construction of the Victorian Pride Centre, Australia’s first purpose-built LGBTIQ+ community hub.
The building – located in St Kilda, Melbourne – spans 6000 square metres and will be home to 15 organisations.
It includes a communal ground floor of shared workspaces, a theatrette, a gallery, the Australian Queer Archives, and a rooftop garden.
St Kilda-based Grant Amon Architects and Brearley Architects & Urbanists designed the building.
Victorian Pride Centre CEO Justine Dalla Riva the Victorian Pride Centre is a stunning and culturally significant hub for Melbourne’s queer community.
“It will create a safe and vibrant space for LGBTIQ+ groups and organisations to exchange ideas and resources to further their work in supporting equality, diversity and inclusion,” Dalla Riva said.
“It has been a journey to say the least, but creating something worthwhile, something unique takes time. We thank Hansen Yuncken and the team on the ground who have worked with us, it really does take a village to build Pride.”
Hansen Yuncken Victoria State Manager, Richard Hansen, said the company is proud to have helped create an important place for Melbourne’s LGBTIQ+ community.
“It’s the second largest building of its kind in the world and there are many elements that required innovative approaches to realise the architect’s vision,” Hansen said.
“For example, our team undertook extensive prototyping and digital modelling to test acoustics and waterproofing before the installation of the statement angled panels and windows. A large volume of Glass Reinforced Concrete and precast curved elements were among the challenges we solved to deliver the sweeping curves of the building you see today.”