Carr Wins Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter Award for Jackalope

Announced last Friday evening, Carr’s Architecture for Jackalope was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter Award for Commercial Architecture, proving the extraordinary calibre of hospitality design in Australia.

We thank our client Louis Li and the Carr team whose level of dedication and commitment shows no boundaries.

Judges commented “A finely crafted hotel project combining a rich mix of architecture, landscape, art and interiors in a unique environment within the rural Mornington Peninsula landscape.

Sitting atop the ridge, the existing brick winery buildings have been well used to create a delightful entry court. Visitors pass through the innovatively re-purposed historic cottage to the sumptuous new hotel beyond. Clear and elegant planning provides a coherent collection of inspired structures which are enveloped in a series of striking dark agriculturally inspired structures with refined detailing throughout. The interior is inwardly focused, an exotic and sensory realm punctuated by artwork and vistas at every turn. Passing from the inner realm to the suites, visitors are reconnected with the outer natural landscape through bold and simple balcony spaces framing idyllic views across the vineyards.

Jackalope is an experiential delight. The elegantly resolved design deftly combines diverse architectural elements in a luxuriant and theatrical ensemble.”

Carr’s Chris McCue, Director of Architecture commented, “We are thrilled with this result. Jackalope represents Architecture that is unprecedented and unconventional with a simplicity and subtlety of strength and form that belies what lies within.”

Link to relevant case study – Jackalope Mornington Peninsula
Collaborators – Fabio Ongarato Design – Identity and Environmental Design
Pascale Gomes-McNabb Design – Restaurant and F&B Consultant
Jan Flook Lighting – Light Designer
Emily Floyd – Jackalope Sculpture
Taylor Cullity Lethlean – Landscape Consultant
Photographer – Sharyn Cairns
Video – Sirap