Modernist building Heide II awarded 2016 Victorian Enduring Architecture Prize

Art Announcement from Australia. Published by anonymous on Monday 27 June 2016.

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Heide II, the iconic modernist building and former home of art patrons John and Sunday Reed, has been awarded the 2016 Victorian Enduring Architecture Prize by the Australian Institute of Architects.

Announced at the Annual Victorian Architecture Awards held on Friday evening, 24 June 2016, the Enduring Architecture Prize is awarded to buildings of outstanding merit that, considered in a contemporary context, remain important as high quality works of architecture.

Designed by the partnership of McGlashan and Everist in 1963, Heide (now known as Heide II) was awarded the Bronze Medal of the Victorian Chapter for ‘outstanding architecture’ in 1968.

In awarding Heide II this year’s Enduring Architecture Prize the jury noted the following:
The original brief for the building requested a sense of mystery and a desire for the house to weather over time and take on the appearance of a ruin in the landscape. Built from Mount Gambier limestone blocks and demonstrating a restrained material palette, the modernist idiom of open plan and seamless connections to outdoor terrace areas became the model emulated by many subsequent architects and designers.

The clients also desired a ‘gallery to be lived in’, intending for the house to one day be transformed into a public art gallery. This vision is now a reality with the creation of the major cultural institution – Heide Museum of Modern Art. The extended museum facilities, garden walks and sculpture-park now offer a genuine community place in the midst of Melbourne’s growing suburban landscape.

On receiving the prize, Heide Director and CEO, Kirsty Grant said “Heide II is a building of exceptional cultural significance to Australia, a landmark in post-World War II domestic design that is intimately associated with Heide’s founders, John and Sunday Reed. We are delighted that this building, an important part of the fabric of Heide which is much-loved by the public, has received this recognition.”

McGlashan Everist Director and Heide Board member, John Lee, noted the continued relationship of the organisations: “We have been part of Heide for more than fifty years and are delighted that our on-going association is reinforced with this award. The Reed house, or Heide II as it is now known, is a seminal work for McGlashan Everist Architects. It is our internal reference point for design, detail and enduring architecture and this award is a wonderful recognition.”

The award puts Heide II in contention for the National Enduring Architecture Prize to be announced in November 2016 as part of the National Architecture Awards.

The Institute’s Architecture Awards program is the premier awards program in Australia and its aim is to recognise architects, members and others for their achievements in relation to the profession of architecture; to develop high public awareness and understanding of the importance of architecture and the value of design, and to encourage architects to strive for excellence in architecture and thereby promote the advancement of architecture.