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Win a Shacky!

26/09/2016

Shacky is running a competition to win one of their portable dwellings, designed by MvS Architects.

The winning applicant will enter into a profit sharing arrangement with Shacky for revenue earned from letting it out.

Shackys provide an immersive and innovative residential experience, allowing people to holiday away from the distractions of the city and experience the relative privacy of the country.

Read about Shacky on our website
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Read about Shacky on the Shacky website



 

MvS Architects short-listed to design New Shepparton Art Museum!

26/09/2016

MvS Architects have been short-listed for the second stage of the competition to design the New Shepparton Art Museum (SAM).

Having helped establish the feasibility of a new SAM, we are very excited to be involved in this next stage of SAM's development.

The short-list: Denton Corker Marshall, John Wardle Architects, Kerstin Thompson Architects, Lyons, MvS Architects.


Read about the competition here

Read about the project here




 

New Academic Street in Architecture Australia

26/09/2016

The New Academic Street has been featured in Architecture Australia as a case study for how city campuses are becoming a model for urban development which seeks to re-balance private and public use.

Andrew Nimmo writes that “The city campus can be an effective agent in the process of urban change and can add to the cultural landscape of the city. In many ways it is a model for ideal urban development in which greed and self-interest give way to the higher goal of mutual benefit and a different balance between private and public use.

The New Academic Street is a collaboration between MvS Architects, Lyons, NMBW, Harrison and White, and Maddison Architects.


Read the full article “The city campus and urban agency” in the July/August edition of Architecture australia


Read more about the NAS here




 

“The Home Within”: Panel Discussion with Anaïs Lellouche, Larissa Hjorth and Jan van Schaik

26/09/2016

As part of the upcoming Melbourne Festival and the MPavilion public programs, Jan van Schaik will be contributing to a panel discussing “The Home Within” by Chiharu Shiota.

The large scale installation will be traveling to different venues in the city, with the panel discussion focusing on further exploration of Chiharu's work, the notion of home, and the relationship between public and private space.

The talk will take place 6pm Thursday 13th October at the MPavilion, and will also feature Anaïs Lellouche and Larissa Hjorth. This discussion is part of the visual arts program at the Melbourne Festival and the public programs at MPavilion, organised by Anabelle Lacroix.


For more details see the the Melbourne Festival website


 

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RMIT NAS featured in 'Occupied'

24/06/2016

Occupied is a showcase of local and international practitioners which explores their ideas of housing more with less, retrofitting, adapting and repurposing existing structures and environments. The work ranges from the pragmatic to the utopian, the research-driven to the purely speculative, Occupied anticipates the critical design approaches, ideas and strategies of the imminent future.

Exhibitors include: 5th Studio, all(zone), Ash Keating, Atlanta Eke, Baracco + Wright Architects, Black Kosloff Knott Architects and Monash Arts Projects (MAP), Breathe Architecture, Callum Morton and Toby Reed, Fake Industries Architectural Agonism & MAIO, Flores & Prats Architects, Jack Self, Lacaton & Vassal and Frédéric Druot Architecture, Liam Young, Lyons Architecture, Harrison and White, Maddison Architects, MvS Architects, NMBW Architecture Studio, MAPA, Office for Political Innovation, Otherothers, Spacemarket, Stefano Boeri Studio with The Blink Fish, TOMA!, Vokes and Peters. Supershared is created by Jacqui Alexander and SIBLING.

Occupied is curated by Grace Mortlock, David Neustein, Fleur Watson.


Where: RMIT Design Hub, Building 100, Project Rooms 1, 2 & 3, Level 2 & 3, Corner Victoria and Swanston Streets, Carlton, 3053, Entry to Design Hub Project Rooms via forecourt and lifts

When: 29th of July - 24th of September, 2016

Open Times: Tuesdays – Fridays 11am – 6pm, Saturdays 12pm – 5pm


For more details see the the Design Hub Website Read about the RMIT NAS Project on our website




 

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'PROCESS' explores the notion of collaboration

24/05/2016

On Monday the 6th of June at Loop Projects Space and Bar, Process Loop investigated the notion of 'collaboration' and the three main types of working relationships that are the new normal and asked: how do collaborations happen? On what scale do they happen? And do too many cooks spoil the broth?

Adam Pustola x Nigel Bertram presented the RMIT New Academic Street Project project - a collaboration between Lyons, MvS Architects, MNBW, Harrison & White and Peter Maddison providing a new student experience over multiple buildings and functions in the university's city campus.


Read about the project on our website

Image credited to Process Loop




 

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Heide Public Programs: Jan van Schaik and Natasha Johns-Messenger

24/05/2016

On Sunday the 7th of August at 2:00pm, Architect Jan van Schaik and artist Natasha Johns-Messenger will discuss the complex relationship between human beings and the spaces they inhabit.

Entry to the presentation is FREE with admission to Heide.


For Further Information on both the upcoming presentations and Heide please click this link

Image credited to Heide Museum of Modern Art




 

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Boiler Room Lecture: Felicity D. Scott 'Outlaw Territories'

24/06/2016

Launched by our very own Dr Jan van Schaik.

On Wednesday the 29th of June Jan van Schaik will launch a special lecture by visiting international curator and writer, Felicity D. Scott. She will discuss her book, Outlaw Territories: Environments of Insecurity/Architectures of Counter-insurgency (Zone Books, 2016), which outlines the historical and contemporary legacy of the American counter-culture from the 1960s and '70s, and its effects on environmental governance and the management of populations globally.

The Boiler room lecture is presented by Monash University Museum of Art and The Saturday Paper, in association with Monash Art Design and Architecture.

Tickers are free but bookings are required!


When: Wednesday June 29th, 6.00pm-7.30pm

Where: Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria, Conference Centre, 179 La Trobe Street, Melbourne

Tickets: muma.rsvp@monash.edu


For more details see the the MUMA Website




 

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Watch Jan present his PhD online.

10/05/2016

Jan van Schaik's presentation of his PhD 'Bruegelage - Interrogations into nine concurrent creative practices' can now be viewed online.

His research uncovers nine sub-practices across the breadth of his creative practice: design through explicit re-working of the propositions of other architects; design through less explicit re-working; design through implicit reference to everyday objects; design through intuition and explicit strategy; design through chunking and interrupting chunking; design through a deliberate pursuit of discomfort; design through abrogation of the author; advocacy as a design process; and a practice titled ‘fake-it until you make-it', examined through a dissertation, exhibition and oral presentation.


To watch the presentation click the link


 

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Jan van Schaik reflects on the Acland Street upgrade.

10/05/2016

Jan wrote a letter to St Kilda News about the proposed design for the Acland Street upgrade.

In the letter, he outlines his support of the collaborative approach to the upgraded planning and the opportunities for activated public space and improvements to tram route 96.


For the full artcile please see the St Kilda News website


 

Shepparton Art Museum foundation announces a $1 Million donation to the new SAM project.

10/05/2016

The feasibility study compiled in early 2015, by Simon McArthur Associates, MvS Architects and Maudie Palmer AO, shows that a new Shepparton Art Museum has the potential to reshape the economy of Shepparton and establish it as a regional hub for the arts, and in particular Indigenous art.

The new structure will aim to showcase much of the museums collection which has not been sown in public, giving the collection and permanent home on display.

The donation is very exciting and it will be used along side the $10 Million committed by both the Local council and State Government. A further $10 Million has been requested from the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund.


For Further information see the SAM website


 

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Jan van Schaik to speak as part of the Practice Matters 2016 Lecture Series

01/04/2016

The 2016 School of Architecture & Built Environment Lecture Series will showcase a wide range of projects, global trends and practice styles from local, national and international industry experts within the Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Industrial Design and Construction Management professions.

Held within Newcastle City Centre the fortnightly lecture series will provide valuable exposure and insight to the professions as well as networking opportunities for students, industry and the local community.

The lectures will be held fortnightly at 5:30pm, beginning on the 20th of March, at the Lovett Gallery for an exciting and memorable guest presentation followed by a social get together with nibbles and drinks.

Jan's lecture will be held Wednesday the 5th of October

Cost: Free

Location: 2nd floor of the Newcastle Region Library, 15 Laman Street, Newcastle


Click here to find out more


 

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Bruegelage published on RMIT University Library Research Repository

22/03/2016

Jan van Schaik's PhD 'Bruegelage - Interrogations into nine concurrent creative practices' has just been published on the RMIT University Library's research repository.

Jan's research examines an experimental architectural practice and uncovers nine sub-practices within: design through explicit re-working of the propositions of other architects; design through less explicit re-working; design through implicit reference to everyday objects; design through intuition and explicit strategy; design through chunking and interrupting chunking; design through a deliberate pursuit of discomfort; design through abrogation of the author; advocacy as a design process; and a practice titled ‘fake-it until you make-it'.

The knowledge uncovered takes the form of: the idea that a selected community of peers can have influence over a creative practice by virtue of the knowledge of the existence of the peers; finding that the complexity of the intertwined nature of motivations, contexts, communities, collaborators, clients and random sources is an integral part of creative practice; the method of being able to become aware of this complexity without dismantling it; and the observation that any legitimate claim to authorship is placed amidst a conglomeration of legitimate claims by others.


Click here to read Bruegelage


 
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'WRITING & CONCEPTS' in The Saturday Paper

17/03/2016

We're tickled pink that Hannah Bertram's WRITING & CONCEPTS Lecture, produced by Jan van Schaik, has been picked up by the Saturdays Paper's 'Gadfly' column - thanks Richard Auckland!

This week we will be hearing from Robert Nelson, an Associate Director of Student Learning Experience at Monash University - a well published author in the field of art, architecture and education.

Lectures are held Thursdays at 5:00pm at the RMIT Design hub


Click here for further details on the lecture series
Click here to follow the series on Facebook


 
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Writing & Concepts - Public Lecture Series

19/02/2016

Jan van Schaik has produced the public lecture series WRITING & CONCEPTS to explore the potential of writing as both a process and an outcome. It aims to promote writing as a tool of reflection and inquiry and open up the complex relationship between the process of writing and the development of social, political and philosophical questions within contemporary cultural practice.

The lectures will alternate between practitioners for whom the written form is their primary professional output and practitioners whose work manifests as exhibitions or events within the domain of contemporary art.

The lectures will alternate between practitioners for whom the written form is their primary professional output and practitioners whose work manifests as exhibitions or events within the domain of contemporary art.

Lectures will be held on Thursday nights between 5:00 and 6:30 in two seasons March 3rd > May 19th and July 21st > October 6th.

Speakers for WRITING & CONCEPTS Series 1 are, in order of appearance: Leon van Schaik, Hannah Bertram, Robert Nelson, Nikos Pantazopoulos, Kelly Fliedner, Jessie Bullivant, Esther Anatolitis, Susan Jacobs, Phip Murray, Lisa Radford, and Maura Edmond.

Click here for further details on the lecture series


 
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WAMA is seeking pledges of support

19/02/2016

The Wildlife Art Museum of Australia is seeking pledges of support and donations to qualify for Government Funding.

A requirement of government funding is that there be a significant private funding contribution coming from the community. So far, WAMA has raised more than $3 million, but a further $4 million in donations, pledges and in-kind contributions is needed. Please give generously – your financial support will help turn this iconic project, with all its benefits for the region, into a reality. Regional Victorian newspapers are running a promotional insert.

View the promotional insert here Read about the project on our website here


 
Mildura Base Hospital given a new lease on life!

19/02/2016

We're very proud to have been part of this successful campaign, including work by our students from RMIT University Architecture Program, which has helped breathe new life into the Mildura Base Hospital. The heritage listed building is unique in type and size in Mildura and also an excellent example of works of its kind. The building came very close to demolition three years ago. Works are currently underway to restore and rejuvenate the 1930s building.

The hospital is slowly being returned to its original 1930s state with the help of a local developers, and will eventually become a 63-apartment complex. It has taken until recently to complete the clean up and preparation of the building which had remained derelict since 2000, which a great focus being on the restoration of heritage elements of the building.



Read more about the Mildura Base Hospital here


 
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Jan van Schaik in 'To Note: Notation Across Disciplines'

11/12/2015

As part of independant curator Hannah Mathews 'To Note: Notation Across Disciplines', Jan van Schaik has been participating in a weeklong series of workshops aimed at engaging with notation across various disciplines and practices, hosted by the RMIT Design Hub.

The lunchtime lecture series, included Dr. Michael Trugeon, Erkki Veltheim, Dr. Sally Gardner, and Dr. Alex Selenitsch, discussing notation in terms of architecture, design, dance, sound and the visual arts.

The participants, drawn from a range of different practices and backgrounds, include Daryl, Buckley, Deanne Butterworth, Lane Cormick, Richie Cyngler, Matthew Day, Eliza Dyball, Benjamin Forster, Nat Grant, Nathan Gray, Helen Grogan, Aurelia Guo, Melanie Irwin, Rebecca Jensen, Shelley Lasica, Michelle Mantsio, Geoff Robinson, Jan van Schaik, Brooke Stamp, Lilian Steiner, Studio Apparatus, Studio Osk, Pheobe Whitman, and Ben Woods.

Read more about the workshop here


 
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Jan van Schaik an 'important historical figure'…

11/12/2015

Denis Peters, reporting in the Hamilton Spectator on Tuesday December 8th 2015, writes of the Hamilton Gallery's new director's passion for developing and upgrading the Hamilton Gallery.

The previous Wednesday night, the gallery director, Sarah Schmidt, gave a talk to members of the Hamilton public outlining her ambitions for the development of the gallery and its collection - during which she thanked the Felix Community Group, Maudie Palmer and Jan van Schaik for their support to date and speculated on Jan van Schaik as an 'historical figure in the development of regional galleries'.



Read the full article here'

Read about the Hamilton Gallery here


 
Mornington Peninsula Gallery Redevelopment

14/10/2015

We're excited to announce that we have been awarded the commission, through a competitive process, to prepare a concept design and business case for the redevelopment of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.

Established in 1971, MPRG is one of Australia's leading regional galleries. The team, consisting of MvS Architects, Oculus Landscape Architects, Simon McArthur Associates and WT Partnership, will prepare an integrated concept design and business case with a view to doubling the size of the facility and positioning the gallery as a distinctive part of the Mornington Peninsula's community and visitor experience.






 
The Diplomat, The Artist and The Suit

14/10/2015

Jan van Schaik interviewed for ABC documentary on Denton Corker Marshall.

The hour long documentary showcases the architectural genius of internationally renowned design firm Denton Corker Marshall.

Jan's expert knowledge was sought in putting together the documentary which explores the individual characteristics and creative relationships of the firms founders Bill Corker, Barrie Marshall and John Denton; and how tripartite architectural skills and collaborative design approaches contribute to the design of iconic and industry leading buildings all over the world.

Click here for a preview of the documentary

Click here to watch the documentary in full


 
Alice Smith School showcased in A&C Magazine, Korea

20/08/2015

The October 'Facade' issue of Architecture & Culture Magazine Korea has published our design for the Alice Smith School JB - focussing on the detail and design of the building's façades in line with the them of the issue.

Our recent work in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia continues to find itself being highlighted within the global architecture community - and here documented in plan, elevation, 3D model and images for a Korean audience. The Project is featured across 12 beautifully detailed pages and appears along side work from Korea, Denmark, Sweden and Vietnam.


 
Alice Smith AA article can now be viewed on-line

20/08/2015

The recently published article, Learning with Attitude: The Alice Smith School, by Architecture Australia can now also be viewed on-line.

The Alice Smith School by MvS Architects + iPartnership.LCW has been reviewed by Dr Victoria Ng from Taylors University for the June 2015 issue of Architecture Australia, and has been published on their website.

Click the link to read the article


 
St Arnaud Street Museum wins Award

20/08/2015

We are proud to announce that the St Arnaud Street Museum wins a government Award!


The St Arnaud Street Museum has been award a highly commended in ‘Arts Animates – excellence in community engagement and participation’ in the National Awards for Local Government

For further information please see the Northern Grampians Shire Council website


 
The Curated Space - Presentation at Heide, Museum of Modern Art

20/08/2015

Jan van Schaik Presenting at Heide


On Saturday the 31th of October at 2pm, Jan van Schaik will be exploring the ideas and relationships that link human beings and the space which they inhabit with an engaging and insightful presentation at the Heide. Specifically he will share his understanding and interest in the relationship between the ideas of 'home' or 'city' and the curated space of a gallery, with examples of how this has influenced recent works of MvS Architects.

Entry to the presentation is FREE with admission to Heide.

For Further Information on both the upcoming presentations and Heide please click this link

Image credited to Heide Museum of Modern Art


 
Jan van Schaik awarded Philosophy PhD

24/07/2015

We are delighted to announce that Jan van Schaik is now a Doctor of Philosophy



Jan van Schaik has been awarded a Dr of Philosophy from the school of Architecture & Design at RMIT University. His practice based research project titled “Bruegelage - Interrogations into nine concurrent creative practices”, uncovers nine sub-practices across the breadth of his creative practice: design through explicit re-working of the propositions of other architects; design through less explicit re-working; design through implicit reference to everyday objects; design through intuition and explicit strategy; design through chunking and interrupting chunking; design through a deliberate pursuit of discomfort; design through abrogation of the author; advocacy as a design process; and a practice titled ‘fake-it until you make-it', examined through a dissertation, exhibition and oral presentation.

A link to Jan's PhD document and presentation will soon be available at the RMIT University library.

Photo by Cheryl Conway


 
Alice Smith School features on ArchDaily

13/07/2015

Leading International architecture website ArchDaily publishes the award winning Alice Smith School

Read about the Alice Smith School on our website
Read the article here



Internationally renowned architecture website ArchDaily has featured the Alice Smith School by iPartnership.LCW + MvS Architects on their page, detailing the symbolism behind the building, the functionality, and the aesthetic. The Alice Smith School won a Malaysian Institute of Architects Gold Award this year and it is very exciting to see the project receiving further recognition.

Photo by H. Lin Ho


 
Alice Smith School published in Architecture Australia

13/07/2015

The Alice Smith School by iPartnership.LCW + MvS Architects has been reviewed by Dr Victoria Ng from Taylors University the June 2015 issue of Architecture Australia.

Read about the Alice Smith School on our website


The Alice Smith School has again found itself in the limelight with renowned national magazine Architecture Australia publishing a 6-page spread. The review gives some background into the history of Mrs Alice Fairfield-Smith herself, as well as the building's positive relation to its surrounds. In particular, the author of the article Dr Veronica Ng, discusses the architects interests in making use of Malaysia's current construction technologies in inventive ways.

Photo by H. Lin Ho


 
Practice Research Floor Talks by Jan van Schaik and Georgia McCorkill

11/06/2015

This week features two PRS floor talks by PhD candidates Jan van Schaik (13/06/15 & 16/06/15) and Georgia McCorkill (17/06/15)

read more about the PRS here


Jan van Schaik will lead a floor talk examining an experimental design practice that incorporates nine sub-practices: design through explicit re-working of the propositions of other architects; design through less explicit re-working; design through implicit reference to everyday objects; design through intuition and explicit strategy; design through chunking and interrupting chunking; design through a deliberate pursuit of discomfort; design through abrogation of the author; advocacy as a design process; and a practice titled ‘fake-it until you make-it’.

In this talk van Schaik will explain how a community of peers can have an influence over a creative practice without direct contact; how even the most random and unrelated events are an integral part of the creative process, and how to become aware of this phenomenon without dismantling it; and and the complexity of claim of ownership legitimacy.

Georgia McCorkill looks to discuss the creative practices behind the award winning special occasion dresses, and how the aspects of sustainability coincides with the context of 'one-off' design, while acknowledging the socially-grounded potential of these dresses. McCorkill will look at the relationship between the sustainability ideal and the poetic impulses of fashion design.

Jan van Schaik will present on Saturday the 13th and Tuesday the 16th of June at 12:30pm, and Georgia McCorkill will present on Wednesday the 17th of June at 2:00pm. Both Practice Research Floor Talks will be held in in Project Rooms 1 & 2, Level 2 of the Design Hub at RMIT University.

Photo by Ramesh Ayyar


 
Jan van Schaik presents his Reflective Practice PhD

05/06/2015

Jan van Schaik presents Bruegelage: Interrogations into nine concurrent creative practices


On Thursday the 4th of June Jan van Schaik completed the final examination for his Reflective Practice PhD with the RMIT School of Architecture & Design. A large crowd gathered in the main exhibition space of Level 2 of the RMIT Design Hub to view the two hour presentation chaired by Vivian Mitsogianni and examined by Peter Adsett and Peter McNeil.

Jan's research examines an experimental architectural practices and uncovers nine sub-practices within: design through explicit re-working of the propositions of other architects; design through less explicit re-working; design through implicit reference to everyday objects; design through intuition and explicit strategy; design through chunking and interrupting chunking; design through a deliberate pursuit of discomfort; design through abrogation of the author; advocacy as a design process; and a practice titled ‘fake-it until you make-it'.

The knowledge uncovered takes the form of: the idea that a selected community of peers can have influence over a creative practice by virtue of the knowledge of the existence of the peers; finding that the complexity of the intertwined nature of motivations, contexts, communities, collaborators, clients and random sources is an integral part of creative practice; the method of being able to become aware of this complexity without dismantling it; and the observation that any legitimate claim to authorship is placed amidst a conglomeration of legitimate claims by others.

The exhibition opens to the public at 5:00pm on the evening of Friday 5th June and remains open until June 17th during the normal RMIT Design Hub opening hours: Tue to Fri: 11am – 6pm | Sat: 12pm – 5pm


 
Alice Smith School JB Wins GOLD

04/06/2015

Alice Smith School's Dining hall and One Stop Centre wins category Gold, and a top 3 position nation-wide.




The Alice Smith School Dining hall and One Stop Centre has recently won the Gold Medal in its category, and was voted in the top three of best building's in Malaysia at the Malaysian Institute of Architects awards last night.

The newly constructed Dining hall and One Stop Centre at the Primary campus were given the top award. The school also came in the top three in the the broader architectural category of the best Malaysian Architecture of 2015.


 
Breaking the mould

29/05/2015

MvS collaboration with iPartnership reviewed in AIA International

read the AIA's article here



Working with iPartnership, a firm based in Kuala Lumpur, MvS Architects have been bringing life and flair to the built environment. This unique partnership is well into their 5th joint project, and have recently picked up an award at the PAM awards in KL.

The process involves an integrated style of practice with MvS directors heading to Malaysia regularly in order to provide experience and feedback to the local designers. Both firms benefit from the sharing of design ideologies and methods, giving rise to new design strategies which result in continued growth and evolution by both practices.

Photo by H. Lin Ho


 
Urban Melbourne re-reviews New Academic Street (NAS)

28/05/15

Urban Melbourne publishes a glowing review of RMIT New Academic Street.

read about the New Academic Street on our website

read the blog post


Designed by some of the biggest names in the industry including MvS Architects, Lyons, and NMBW, the NAS project extends across Swanston, Franklin and Bowen Street as 5 separate projections.

RMIT has sunk $220 million into their most recent renovation and the results have paid off, vastly improving the private/public relationship in buildings 8, 10, 12, 14 and 28.

The project focuses on RMIT's relationship with the CBD, and looks to blur the lines of exclusivity through increasing pedestrian flow and allowing more natural light into a previously monolithic exterior.


 
Council gives SAM the go ahead

28/05/2015

Greater Shepparton City Council, State Government, Federal Government agree to contribute $10m each

read more about the decision here



The Council of the Greater City of Shepparton have decided to take on board the feasibility study completed by MvS Architects and associates regarding the new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), and have put forward $30 million with assistance from the state and federal governments.

The SAM Foundation will source the remaining $4.5 million required for project completion, as well as an extra $8 million for operational and maintenance costs.

76% of public respondents showed support for the business case for a new SAM, with 5% being indifferent and only 19% actively against it.

The new Art Museum is tipped to boost Shepparton's economy, increase tourism and publicity, and provide over 180 jobs in just the first 2 years.


 
MvS chosen to design Wildlife Art Museum of Australia

23/01/2015

Join MvS at the WAMA community day in Halls Gap later this month

read more about WAMA here



The Wildlife Art Museum of Australia (WAMA) is a visionary project to create an art museum within an Australia botanical landscape, approximately 6 kilometers from Halls Gap.

WAMA is currently in the early stages of design and concepts of the initial proposal will be on display at the Halls Gap cricket pavilion from 1pm-5pm on Sunday May 24th. All members of the Halls Gap and surrounding community are invited to participate in this event, and view and provide feedback on the WAMA proposals.

In conjunction with the WAMA Foundation, TRACT Consultants, WT Partnership, Northern Grampians Shire and Regional Development Victoria.


 


Watch the construction of our design of the new RMIT Building 8 entrance!

23/01/2015

Watch the time lapse of the entry steps under construction

watch the video here



Early works for RMIT's New Academic Street are already under way, with MvS Architects's new entry into building 8 which has reshaped how students access the building and opened up level 3 to the street scape. This is just the first step in a campus-wide revival of the existing buildings, with the goal to better integrate RMIT's Swanston Street buildings into a cohesive learning hub.

Video by Robert Morgans Designed in conjunction with Lyons, NMBW, HAW, and Peter Maddison


 
?300&nolink Jan van Schaik Invited to Speak at DATUM: KL 2015

21/04/2015

Datum is the largest architectural forum in south east asia - this years discourse will focus on “Placeness”

find out more about the conference here



We are pleased to announce that Jan van Schaik has been invited to speak on the concept of “Placeness” at DATUM: KL 2015. The discourse will be focused on the contradictions of place, and the paradox that conflicting identities can create in a place.

The conference will being running as part of Archidex 2015 in Kuala Lumpur and will run from 12th-15th August 2015.


 
Experience ASAC 2015 with Jan van Schaik

21/04/2015

Jan van Schaik to run a workshop and MC the 2015 Australasian Student Architecture Congress

find out about the congress here



As part of this years Congress, “People”, Jan van Schaik will MC the Friday morning session, as well as leading an afternoon design workshop. The workshop will give student delegates from around the globe a chance to engage with Melbourne architects and their context.

This years Congress is focusing on how people shape architecture and how architecture can “investigate questions of spatial relations, architectural anthropology, humanitarian architecture, advocacy and intervention.” This year also marks the first year Melbourne has hosted the Congress since 1964.


 
The Orthodoxy of Place with Jan van Schaik

21/04/2015

Jan van Schaik selected as keynote speaker for the Castlemaine State Festival

read about the symposium here



Jan van Schaik presented a paper questioning the orthodoxy of 'place' as the primary driver of the human interface of urbanism at the Terrains of Memory symposium as part of the 2015 Castlemaine State Festival.

The theme for this years festival was “Before and Beyond”, engaging with the moments in time which form intersections between the past and the present. Terrains of Memory explores how artists are able to intersect narrative and identity within regional landscapes.




 


Iconic Museum for Shepparton

23/01/2015

New museum has enormous potential to change the face of Shepparton

read the article here
download the business case and provide feedback here


The feasibility study compiled by Simon McArthur Associates, MvS Architects and Maudie Palmer AO, shows that a new Shepparton Art Museum has the potential to reshape the economy of Shepparton and establish it as a regional hub for the arts, and in particular Indigenous art.

Alongside permanent glazed space for the entire existing ceramics collection would be a new home for the Indigenous Gallery Kaiela, as well as spaces for visiting artists to work and exhibit. Beside this would be the only children’s art space in regional Australia.

Large parts of the Shepparton Art Museum’s collection have not been shown in public, and the new museum would give the greater part of the collection a permanent home on display, along with a substantial new bequest. Function spaces and a community piazza alongside the gallery would cement this development as a cornerstone of Shepparton’s community culture.

Image by MvS Architects in the Shepparton News




 
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23/01/2015


The St Arnaud Street Museum is set to make waves this year with “Watertable” by James Geurts - the Street Museum is comprised of nine street-front exhibition spaces in to which this single work in nine parts has been curated.

The museum is the first of its kind in Victoria, and is a part of the St Arnaud Civic Precinct Plan commissioned by the Northern Grampians Shire and developed by MvS Architects with SGS Economics and Planning and Maudie Palmer AO.

“Watertable”, which will be on display in store windows across the town from January to March 2015, is the creation of James Geurts who resided in St. Arnaud from September to December 2014 as part of the St Arnaud Street Museum's Artist in Residence program.

Image by Jacqueline Mittelman




 
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14/11/14

MvS' Wattle Avenue House featured on Uncube Magazine's blog (Berlin).

read uncube magazine's blog post
read about the Wattle Avenue House on our website


Andrew Mackenzie revels in the antipodean architecture of Melbourne and beyond, naming Wattle Avenue house a 'Local Hero' among some of Victoria's most notable buildings.

Uncube Magazine,'Local Heroes,' written by Andrew Mackenzie.

 
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05/11/14

Halls Gap procures a new grand scheme!

Read about the project on the shire website


We are very pleased to announce, that MvS Architects with SGS and Maudie Palmer AO has been selected by the Northern Grampians Shire to develop a Masterplan for Future Commercial Investment and Public Land Development in Halls Gap. The work will provide for integrated land use development solutions involving infrastructure improvements and investment opportunities within the designated precinct areas.


 
rmit_nas_2.jpg 'Urban Melbourne' review

05/11/14

RMIT NAS gets some air on 'Urban Melbourne' blog.

read about the New Academic Street on our website

read the blog post




The RMIT University New Academic Street project has been picked up by Laurance Dragomir of the 'Urban Melbourne' blog which outlines how the disruption to classes will be managed and describes how the project will open up the university to Swanston Street.

Designed in conjunction with Lyons, NMBW, HAW and Peter Maddison, the new staircase is due to finish in 2015.




 


st_arnaud_street_museum.jpg St Arnaud in the lifestyle pages!

23/01/2015

Read about the St Arnaud Street Museum and all the people involved in bringing it together.

read the article here on The Age website

read about James Guerts and Watertable here


St Arnaud has taken the first step in its revitalisation with the recently opened street museum bringing new life into the main street of the town. The town is focusing its energy on promoting local artists and talent, highlighting the importance of regional art in the area.

Under the joint guidance of Maudie Palmer AO, architect Jan van Schaik, and urban planner Mitra Anderson-Oliver, as well as local business owners and residents, the street museum has been a resounding success in drawing the public eye to St Arnaud and the work of resident artist James Geurts which is featured in shop fronts throughout the town.

The surge of activity in the area will continue with the renewal of a local hotel, a new restaurant, and an upgrade to the town hall which will include exhibition and studio space, alongside the artist-in-residence program.

Photo by Jan van Schaik




 
news.jpg One Step Closer!

05/11/14

New Academic Street early works commence.

read about the New Academic Street on our website


Demolition works at RMIT have begun with the cornerstone of the New Academic Street Project, a new entry stair, set for construction. As part of the early works package, the new staircase will provide pedestrian access from Swanston Street, up to Level 3 of B8, reducing pressure on the lifts and escalators and reinvigorating the once thriving facade of building 8.

Designed in conjunction with Lyons, NMBW, HAW and Peter Maddison, the new staircase is due to finish in early March 2015.




 
Descend into 'The Australian Ugliness' with Jan van Schaik

15/10/14

Jan van Schaik takes part in mass reading of Robin Boyd's 'The Australian Ugliness' at MPavilion

mpavillion website listen to the reading


Join Jan van Schaik at the newly established M pavillion next week, on Thursday 23rd of October at 12:00pm as he takes part in the readings and debate of Robyn Boyd's masterpiece 'The Australian Ugliness.' His reading will be part of Chapter 1, ’The Descent into Chaos. Please follow this link for details on the program and other readers….


 
Wattle Avenue House Spread in “Lunchbox Architect”

17/10/14

“Wattle Avenue House: A daggy cream brick house gets a modern makeover”

read more on our website


The Wattle Avenue House, for Stefano de Pieri and Donata Carrazza was featured on the residential architecture blog “Lunchbox Architect,” check it out here


 
Bold, Creative, Bright!

07/10/14

Share your vision for a future SAM.

click here to share your vision


The prospects for a new Shepparton Art Museum has been the 'talk of the town,' with Simon McArthur & Associates and MvS, encouraging the community to help shape a new art museum by describing what would encourage them to visit, whilst also voicing their opinion on the placement, contents and services to supplement the building. By engaging the people early on in the process, it's possible to establish a brief which is representative of the greater community, thus satisfying the needs of the community as a whole.

The feasibility project is due to be completed at the end of the year.
The Article 'Bold visions for future sought,' Bishop, J. Appeared in the Weekend News, 27/09/14

 
news_hevea_tower.jpg Hevea Tower

12/09/14

We've been slaving away on Hevea Tower, with iPartnership, and our efforts are really starting to pay off - she looks really good! The project is now live on our website, follow the link to see more.

read about the project on our website

The 17 storey tower complex, comprising of a day care nursery, police station, gym, cafeteria and office space, will serve as the Lembaga Getah Malaysia office headquarters. The building will perform as a one stop centre for the user, a multifunctional hub that will allow working parents to drop their kids at the nursery, pick up breakfast and head to the office – all within one route.

The building is due to commence construction in early 2015.



 
sani3.jpg Urban Design Conference Australia

10/09/14

SGS Economics & Planning presented the community building work we've been doing with them in St Arnaud



read about the project here

“Regional towns are in constant competition for visitors, and to attract and retain skilled, permanent populations. This project took an unconventional approach to Civic Precinct planning in the rural town of St Arnaud, embedding a multidisciplinary team in the town to tease out local narratives and use creative intervention as a catalyst for further action.”

Over the past nine months, SGS Economics & Planning, Maudie Palmer AO and MvS have been working on a new precinct plan for the old gold mining town of St Arnaud. Our works to date were presented last week by Mitra Anderson-Oliver and Dr Marcus Spiller at the 7th International Urban Design Conference in Adelaide.



 
Shepparton Art Museum

09/09/2014

Simon McArthur & Associates and MvS to undertake feasibility study of a new Sheparton Art Museum

read about the project here

We are proud to announce that MvS have been selected to undertake a feasibility study for a possible new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM). MvS is working with Simon Mcarthur & associates to determine and assess the options for a new SAM.

“The business planning components of the overall study will provide advice about the substance, governance and form of a possible new SAM and its intended and potential impact in the region.”

The study will give insight to a new SAM's capacity, as a major cultural and educational tourist attraction, to drive forward an arts led economic and social growth for the region, greatly improving perceptions of Greater Shepparton as a place to visit, live and invest.



 
Alice Smith EP All Grown Up

09/09/2014

The Alice Smith EP secondary school admin building begins to emerge from it's temporary scaffold skin as the project nears completion.



 
The Future is Here

29/08/2014

MvS Exhibits 'Penumbra - A Facade Concept Protoype'
In Collaboration with Richard Blythe and Nick Williams

read about the project on our website
read about the exhibition

As an extension of our entry for the 'House of Fairytales,' Penumbra explores the design and fabrication of an active building skin system.

The exhibition is free and open untill the 11.10.2014.

DESIGN HUB
Building 100, Corner Victoria and Swanston Streets

Tuesday to Friday: 11am – 6pm
Saturday: 12pm – 5pm

 
Alice Smith Before & After

19/08/2014

Top: Digital Representation, Bottom: Photograph

read about the project on our website

Two years since it's conception, the Alice Smith JB primary school cafeteria and parents facility is on the brink of completion and is set to open in the first semester 2015.



 

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