MGS Architects Pty Ltd
MGS is led by six directors and four associates in a team of thirty architects, interior designers and urban planners. The nature of the practice fosters a direct working relationship between client and team director in charge of the project, allowing delivery of outstanding projects for private/public sector clients. MGS recognises that successful delivery is underpinned by the consultation process, a profound knowledge of client aspirations and a thorough understanding of the brief. Our experience includes conservation and heritage; large scale urban planning and feasibility; master planning; commercial and retail; medium/high density housing; institutional and educational buildings.
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Comprising 33,000 sqm of office space, retail tenancies and car parking for 340 cars, this 5-star Green Star energy rated building is the new headquarters of the Transport Accident Commission. The building was been conceived using an H Plan that provides for generously scaled floor plates aligned with the needs of contemporary organisations for flexibility, whilst providing high quality light and amenity. Interconnecting stairs further animate the office floors as they pass through a top lit central void. The space between the two legs of the H forms the primary internal circulation space at street level giving tenants and the general public direct access from Brougham Street and Corio Street via an interlinking series of escalators and lifts. The volumes within this internal street vary in their architectural expression from informal at the Corio Street lobby end to more formal corporate at the double height zone of the main reception area on Brougham Street. Along this
Drill Hall Housing and Community Hub
Winner 2012 Dulux Colour Awards (Multi Residential Interiors/Multi Residential Exteriors) Winner 2011 Australasian Housing Institute Professional Excellence Awards (Australian and Victorian Leading Housing Solution) This project breathes new life into the valued heritage Drill Hall and establishes a new vibrant focus for community life in the city while providing high quality affordable housing for those in need. The objective underpinning the project is the combination of aspirations for social sustainability within the Australian city with environmental, economic and cultural sustainability. Restoration of the existing historic Drill Hall ensures that the valued 1937 ‘moderne’ heritage asset continues to contribute to Melbourne life opening the facility as a new northern city community hall and drop in health centre. Providing 59 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for tenants on low, fixed and moderate incomes, the residential tower is supported by 8 large columns directly above a heritage military training hall, modestly reflecting the efficiency of its towering commercial neighbours. ESD strategies focus on lower resource use, re-use, and lower costs of occupancy for the tenants. The residential entry is marked by an expressive green canopy that brings the architecture of the tower to street level and lift lobbies appear only partially complete revealing timber stud walls, colour and texture. Light filled corridors are naturally ventilated and enjoy expansive views over the city.
Auburn South PS – Library and Learning Centre
Auburn South, Victoria, 2011
Following the completion of the School Hall, MGS Architects were approached by Auburn South Primary School to develop a new Library and Learning Centre as part of the BER funding. The building provides a new Library and Art Room at ground level and four general purpose classrooms on the first floor, along with meeting rooms and an IT Lab. The design focuses on maximising the building yield while also enriching the northern interface which acts as a major informal gathering space for the school. Aesthetically the design draws on the language established in the earlier Hall project while also complementing the heritage red brick administration building to the east.