The design of the new Melbourne offices of the AIA have been revealed (though I thought they were in Architecture Australia somewhere a while ago?) Of course it will be “carbon neutral” (as much as a built form ever really can be I guess) with bicycle parking and waste management areas for tenants. Lets hope these things stay in after the Pre-tender Estimate, as they are usually the first things to be cut.
I’m a little confused though if it is the new main office of the AIA, or just the Victorian Chapter? Either way, surely a lot of funds are being put into this by the AIA. As a very recent member (my firm’s attempts to get some costs in before EOFY) I odn’t know how i feel about so much being spent in the Eastern states, when the return here is so small. Were we asked? If the building is the Head Office of AIA I think its a great idea to make it an exemplar building which attracts attention as an example of great architecture. But if its just the Victorian Chapter’s new home I’m not too sure – surely this should be shared out a bit? Where’s our skyscraper?
Not too sure about the Lyons design – why do we have to make such a big deal about buildings being green – it should just be stnadard now surely? Do we really have to show it off with the actiual colour green? I’m more interested in function, and truly being green by creating less waste and doing more with less. I don’t quite know enough about the design of the space yet to figure this one out. Although maybe I’m just being one of those architectural critics who has to put everything else down? (Judgy-wudgy as I think G’day from WA put it last week!)