The Monaco House – Urbanism in Melbourne, Australia
The Monaco House
The Monaco House is a unique commercial project that was designed by the McBride Charles Ryan team of architects in Melbourne, Australia. It is a four-story building with a café on the bottom level and offices that fill the following two floors. The top floor is being used as a small reception area for the firms client to fulfill his duties as Honorary Consul of Monaco.
Deep balconies created views of the Melbourne Club garden
The offices are also joined with large and deep balconies that not only bring a cool shade the floor below, but also provide a perfect area for workers to have a place to relax and take breaks from their office work without having to leave the building. From the lively balcony you can also see views of the historic Melbourne Club wall that runs down the length of the pedestrian lane with large trees protruding over the wall from the beautiful Melbourne Club garden.
The architects and designers of this building, including Robert McBride and Debbie-Lyn Ryan worked closely together with the client to not only maintain the budget and space constraints, but to also maintain the clients vision in regards to his love of contemporary design and his passion for the design of cars, boats and finely crafted objects from the 20th century.
Challenges for the Architects with space and cost constraints
The dimensions of the building also made up a large part of the designers story in creating this unique style of architecture. They had a rather small amount of room to work with, a site area of 102.5 m2, and in an effort to meet cost constraints, they had to design the building in a way that would allow it to be almost entirely built using the specific crane sizes and the cranes range when turning around in circles. Many months were spent putting the whole project together in a way that the construction of the building would be possible and compatible with the architects final composition.
This The Monaco House design by McBride Charles Ryan architects has won several awards following its construction in 2007:
International Architecture Awards 2010 The Chicago Athenaeum/Europe
Australian Institute of Architects National Annual Awards 2008
Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter Annual Awards 2008 Sir Osborn McCutcheon Award
Victorian State of Design Awards 2008 Premier’s Design Mark