Hansen Yuncken Completes Australia’s First Pride Centre

Hansen Yuncken recently completed the Victorian Pride Centre, Australia’s first dedicated hub for the LGBTQIA+ community.  

The building, on Fitzroy Street in St Kilda, was designed by local Grant Armon Architects and Brearley Architects & Urbanists to stand out and make a statement.

The bespoke building overlooks Port Phillip Bay and the city skyline, spanning 6,000m2. The centre will be home to 15 organisations, a communal ground floor of shared workspaces, a theatrette, a gallery, the Australian Queer Archives, and a rooftop garden.

Hansen Yuncken’s involvement in the project highlights a shift in the construction industry to become more inclusive of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Another organisation championing diversity and inclusion is BuildingPride, founded by Christopher Schiavello and led by Andrew Johnsen, who we interviewed recently.

The project’s rainbow-inspired design, intricate details and the highly constrained site created numerous challenges, in addition to those presented by COVID-19 restrictions.

“We’re proud to have helped create such an important space for Melbourne’s LGBTIQ+ community,” said Richard Hansen, Victoria State Manager of Hansen Yuncken. “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.

“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,” he said.

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Justine Dalla Riva, CEO of the Victorian Pride Centre, said, “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.”

“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,” Justine said.

Hansen Yuncken’s current pipeline includes the $100 million Industry Lanes office precinct project on Church Street in Richmond, a mixed-use development comprising three buildings.

They’re also currently completing Stage 1A of the Ferntree Business Park in Notting Hill, a $35 million project in Melbourne’s east.

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