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The National Gallery of Victoria – Community Hall
- Ewan McEoin, Consulting Curator of Design, 2013
McBride Charles Ryan (MCR) is one of Melbourne’s most celebrated architecture practices whose studio-based approach to architecture defies categorisation. MCR projects seek to expand the vocabulary of architectural expression and to engage in the articulation of complex issues, such as the representation of a city’s culture and identity. The firm’s Community Hall project for Melbourne Now is a flexible multi-use space that creates a bold statement of inclusivity and egalitarianism at the front door of NGV International. Drawing inspiration from the social and cultural spaces of Victorian communities, Community Hall takes tradition to new heights through cutting-edge architecture and dynamic programming. The space offers a hub of activity positioned at the heart of Melbourne Now.
MCR’s design for the space is at once iconic and pragmatic. The architecture integrates a broad range of social and cultural references into one seamless arc of inclusion. Set alight with bold colours which can be seen through the famous NGV Waterfall, this stunning new structure is a space with both social and architectural meaning that people will never forget.
Penleigh and Essendon Grammar (PEGS) – Senior School
- Nina Bilewicz (Mrs), Vice Principal 2013
McBride Charles Ryan has worked closely with the school in an effort to understand the school’s needs and translate them effectively and creatively. As a result their buildings reflect the educational and social principles upon which the school is based. Their articulation of these principles is energizing and engaging. MCR achieved outstanding results while working with the budget set by the school.
Templestowe Primary School
- Jenny Turpin (MRS), Principal, 2005
Templestowe Park Primary School employed the services of McBride Charles Ryan Architects and Interior Design to design a new Multi-Purpose Hall and refurbish four classrooms. The architects were selected due to their ability to produce innovative designs on a limited budget.
Rob McBride worked closely with the school to ensure he met the schools’ requirements and facilitated changes to the original
master plan to deliver a building that exceeded the school’s expectations. Rob has been able to design a building that is functional, symbolic of basic materials and transformed an extremely dull entry into the school into one of impact, intrigue, and style.
Throughout the entire process, Rob had the interest of the school community in mind. He set high standards for the builder to achieve, liaised extensively with Bovis Lendlease and the Department of Education to embark on a project with a unique concept and never lost sight that this was a community focussed project. To have designed a building that has received the prestigious Victorian Architecture medal is a credit to his ingenuity.
Templestowe Park Primary School is extremely proud of their new building and would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending McBride Charles Ryan Architects and Interior Design.