When the Victorian Pride Centre opened its doors in Melbourne, Australia this weekend, it became the first LGBTIQ+ community hub. Spanning 6000 square metres and home to 15 organizations, Hansen Yuncken has finished construction of what promises to be a landmark for all Australians who identify as LGBTIQ+.
The building features a ground floor of shared workspaces, two theatres and galleries for public use, and the Australian Queer Archives. The rooftop garden is also open to everyone in one of Melbourne’s most popular suburbs. Grant Amon Architects and Brearley Architects & Urbanists partnered to design the building.
Justine Dalla Riva, CEO of the Victorian Pride Centre in Melbourne says that it is a stunning hub for the city’s queer community. The centre provides space to celebrate one’s identity and culture as well as counseling services like health care facilities.
Hansen Yuncken, a multinational construction company with offices in Australia and New Zealand, is proud to have helped create an important place for Melbourne’s LGBTQ+ community.
To make the building feel like it is part of its surroundings, Hansen’s team used glass-reinforced concrete and curved precast elements to create sweeping curves. They also innovated on acoustics with a large volume of prototypes before installing angled panels and windows for an immersive impression.