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Graeme Gunn at the age of 22 renounced a tantalizing pastoral existence in a pleasant regional town to throw his sombrero into the ring and embrace the more intensive urban culture of Melbourne. From that day on, Architecture took centre stage. He studied architecture at RMIT University between 1956 and 1960. He became a registered architect in 1963. From 1961-1963 he was employed in the practice of Grounds Romberg and Boyd, employed by Roy Grounds after the split with Romberg and Boyd for 1964. In 1964 he commenced architecture practice in his own right. In addition to his practice as an architect, Graeme Gunn has made a distinguished contribution to architectural education serving first as the head of the School of Architecture and Building at RMIT University (1972–1977) then as a foundation Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Building at RMIT University (1977–1982). He has received a number of architectural awards for his design and practice including the RAIA Victorian chapter president’s award for Lifetime Contribution to Victorian Architecture (2001). He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Architecture from RMIT University in 1996 and is a life fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. In 2011 he was awarded the Gold Medal for his lifelong contribution to architecture by the Australian Institute of Architects. He is currently a Director of Gunn Dyring Architecture and Urban Design along with Sophie Dyring. "For me, the getting of Architecture, while essential to my existence, has not been easy" Graeme G. "Architecture has been the foundation of my existence for more than 50 years". In 2012 he became a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.
Construction Date: 2009
The tried and tested courtyard house model was employed as the typology to execute this project’s concept of integrated interior and external spaces. The encompassing living environment of the Hamilton Courtyard House is achieved through the union of built form, spatial sequences, landscape and scale.
Construction Date: 1971
Winter Park was Graeme's first cluster housing project. It was designed and implemented in association with Merchant Builders Pty Ltd in 1971 and has subsequently remained a seminal departure from the traditional method of suburban subdivision. Winter Park is now on the Heritage Victoria list and in 2007 was adjudged by an expert panel, consisting mostly of architects, as one of the 29 most worthy buildings produced since the inauguration of the first AIA awards. The basic tenet of the cluster housing concept is that of a comprehensively planned development in which a group of houses are sited to optimise available land in a much more efficient and environmentally sensitive manner than that provided by the normal rectangular grid lot suburban subdivision. Excess land is aggregated to provide communal open space. Houses are sited to relate sympathetically with each other, to optimise privacy, solar orientation, views and physical conditions.
The Plumbers & Gasfitters Union Building
Construction Date: 1970
Located at 52 Victoria Street Melbourne, the Plumbers & Gasfitters Union building is known as the most persisting and noticeable landmark of Brutalism. The building was completed in 1970 by Graeme Gunn and his creative collaboration with Merchant Builders and landscape architect Ellis Stones. The design itself was architecturally intended to be up to date. The facade is formed of concrete in bold expressionistic forms with dark smoked glazing that intensify the sculptural quality of the construction. Structurally designed to receive an extra floor when needed, the building consists of a car parking and mechanical services area, one main office floor housing the clients, conference room and lobby, and one office of lettable space. For the internal finishes, walls, concrete block work, and stud frame sheeted with plywood are painted. The addition of signage on the building is slightly unsympathetic to the building's initial character.
Construction Date: 1968
The design is based on a 2700 orthogonal matrix using natural tree trunks, some 10 metres long farmed from a local plantation owned by Sir Roy Grounds and Ken Myer. The vertical and horizontal grid of the matrix defines the spaces, the floors of which radiate from the central staircase, each floor raise a half level above the previous and in a location 90 degree different from the one below. Services are minimal, there being no public utilities (gas, water, electricity or sewerage). The timber theme generated by the structure is continued with infill timber studs within the pole grid and clad internally and externally with timber boarding. The floors are EX 50x100 mm tongue and grooved planks spanning 1350 mm. These, in turn form the ceilings for those rooms having a full height below. Ceilings directly below the roof consist of sisal lining over 150mm square wire mesh. Some years ago the owner of this property and some of adjacent properties along the coast deeded the contiguous properties as part of a state park to the NSW government to ensure retention of the pristine coastal environment, reserved for public use only.
Townhouses - 76 Molesworth Street, Kew
Construction Date: 1968
Designed for family living these six concrete block, Brutalist style townhouses, consist of three bedrooms, two living areas and a double carport (now converted to a garage) with an open private courtyard. The building expresses simple construction materials of concrete for the main structure, timber for the roof structure and metal deck as the roof cladding. Off-form concrete balconies project from the concrete block building, with timber handrails.
The Townhouses are significant as an important design progression in the re-thinking of suburban, cluster style living. The houses are included on the Schedule to the Heritage Overlay and Graded as "A" class.
Today: This project retains many of its original features and remains structurally intact, and has only received minor upgrading of timber handrails and window frames.
Award: 1970 Bronze Medal Award, Victorian Chapter of the RAIA. In the Boroondara Municipality only 3 other residential projects have won this award.
Selected Other Projects
- Biles Residence
- Location: Melbourne, Victoria
- Construction Date: 2006
- Austin Vineyard
- Location: Sutherland Creek, Victoria
- Construction Date: 2006
- Crawford River Wineries
- Location: Condah, Victoria
- Construction Date: 2002
- Portland Aerodrome
- Location: Portland, Victoria
- Construction Date: 1981
- Prahran Market
- Location: Prahran, Victoria
- Construction Date: 1979
- 2012 Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
- 2011 Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal
- 2007 25 Year Award for Outstanding Architecture - Plumbers and Gas fitters
- 2001 President’s award for Lifetime Contribution to Victorian Architecture
- 1996 Honorary Doctorate of Architecture, RMIT
- 1988 The Royal Australian Institute of Architects Merit Awards for Outstanding Architecture - Bridge Hotel Mordialloc
- 1988 The Royal Australian Institute of Architects Merit Awards for Outstanding Architecture - RACV Club refurbishments
- 1984 The Royal Australian Institute of Architects Merit Awards for Outstanding Architecture - Melbourne City Baths
- 1983 The Royal Australian Institute of Architects Merit Awards for Outstanding Architecture - Portland Aerodrome Terminal Building
- 1982 The Royal Australian Institute of Architects Merit Awards for Outstanding Architecture - Prahran Municipal Market
- 1980 Victorian Architecture Medal : Ararat Arts Activity Centre
- 1970 Bronze Medal Award, Victorian Chapter of the RAIA - Townhouses - 76 Molesworth Street, Kew
- 1970 Royal Australian Institute of Architects Citation - Plumbers & Gasfitters
- 1971 Royal Australian Institute of Architects Citation - Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club
- 1975 Royal Australian Institute of Architects Citation - Winter Park Cluster Housing
- 1976 Royal Australian Institute of Architects Citation - AMWSU Headquarters
- 1976 Royal Australian Institute of Architects Citation - Chelsworth Park Pavilion
- 1966 Bronze Medal Award, Victorian Chapter of the RAIA - Richardson House
2010 – present
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- "Bold Roofscapes", BCME, Vol 34 No 21 Number 242 Oct 1993 pp. 7–8
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- "New Union Building", Architect, volume 3, number 14, July - August 1971
- "Union Headquarters", Constructional Review, Volume 44, number 3, August 1971
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- "Awards", [Royal South Yarra Tennis Club], Architect, Volume 3, number 5, November/December
- "AMWU Office Building; Fresh Approach, Fitting Result", Architecture Today, October–November
- "Gunn Hayball, A Scheme to make Everyone Happy" [Prahran Market], Melbourne Times 31 July 1974
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- "House Folds inside its own Allotment" [Stradwick House], The Australian Home Beautiful, October
- "Victorian Architecture Medal 1966, House", [Richardson House], Architecture in Australia, Volume 55, number 3, May 1966,
- Cross Section No. 161, March 1966
- Cross Section No. 166, August 1966
- "Domestic Award, House at Essendon", [Richardson House], Architecture & Arts, Volume 14, Number 3, March 1966, pp. 18
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