Big News! MPavilion 2019 played host to the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards

Photo by Anthony Richardson.

The Queen Victoria Gardens and its newest addition—the Glenn Murcutt designed MPavilion—played backdrop to the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards on Wednesday 20 November.

Premier’s Design Award. Photo by Anthony Richardson.

The annual awards program celebrates the state’s best designers and innovators across architectural, product and industrial, communications, fashion, digital and service design, design strategy, and two student design categories. Taking out the top gong was the Parliament of Victoria’s new Member’s Annexe designed by Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design, which received the overall Design of Year, decided by an expert panel of 27 independent judges, all from a field of 200 projects.

Photo by Anthony Richardson.

“I like the reason for these awards, what’s behind them. These awards are given to a project that fulfils a public purpose—it might make somebody’s life easier, or it might take a very simple problem in life and solve it. And that kind of background to why something should be awarded is a credible set of criteria that a judging panel can use,” shares Jill Garner, Victorian Government Architect and Judge.

The 2019 MPavilion served as a wonderful setting for the ceremony to unfold, with guests seated beneath the “aeroplane wing” inspired design. 

Photo by Anthony Richardson.

Congratulations to all those who received awards! For the full list of winners and more details, visit

MPavilion 2019 is open in the Queen Victoria Gardens from 14 November 2019 to 22 March 2020. MPavilion is an initiative of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation in partnership with City of Melbourne, Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and Development Victoria, ANZ, and RACV.

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