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Brick Tower South Yarra
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Housing Windsor
Mechanics Institute Mildura
Rural Learning Centre Marlo
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RAIA/Polyflor Haddon Scholarship
Deakin Avenue, Mildura
use Mechanics Institute
area 7,000sqm
completed 2002 Project
award 2008 Unbuilt Prize

This scholarship entry explores differences between urban and regional sensibilities. Laid out in rows like a crop, the Mechanics Institute skews to orientate toward the sun. The scheme celebrates the civic in a regional centre. The form mimics the flickering of a crop, in the peripheral vision of a drive-by view.