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Sacred Spaces

The BDAV has been sponsoring Sacred Spaces since 2010. This unique Australian program, which screens on Channel 31, promotes architecture, heritage and a discussion about buildings and spaces in Melbourne. The program features some of Melbourne’s notable architects and building designers who take viewers through a guided tour of some of their favourite pieces of architecture, whether it be their family home, a place of sanctuary, or somewhere that holds special memories. Sacred Spaces explores the relationship between people and buildings – those strong feelings that often stem from childhood – and encourages debate amongst people in Melbourne about their most treasured structure. The producer, Glen Noble, says “Ultimately, I see Sacred Spaces as being a celebration of Melbourne and its wonderful buildings as seen through the eyes of people who have a connection with this great city.”

Sacred Spaces 2 - Heide II - featuring Dominique Hunter

In 2010, BDAV’s Treasurer, and leading interior designer, Dominique Hunter, took viewers through a guided tour of Heide II. This beautiful property, at the Heide Museum of Modern Art at Bulleen, is one of John & Sunday Reed’s original and modernist homes, where they lived from 1967 to 1980. Designed by McGlashan Everist to be a ‘gallery to be lived in’, the Reeds lived to see their vision fulfilled when Heide Park & Art Gallery opened in November 1981. They both died shortly afterwards in December 1981, ten days apart.

Sacred Spaces 3 - St Albans Church - featuring Paula Hanley

In 2011, BDAV Committee of Management Member and building designer, Paula Hanley, spoke about the St Albans Church at Melrose Street, North Melbourne, a small, historic Anglican Church, which was one of the first mission churches in Melbourne. It is still functioning as an outreach church with a small but interesting community. The Church has a pipe organ which has been classified by the National Trust.

Sacred Spaces 4 - The Theatre Royal - featuring Paul Hassell

In 2012, BDAV Committee of Management Member and building designer, Paul Hassall, spoke about The Theatre Royal in Castlemaine, which has an interesting architectural past, a rich history, and is a social icon for the town. Built in 1858, this significant building is listed with Heritage Victoria, and is the earliest known continuously-operating theatre in Victoria.

Sacred Spaces 5 - Rose of South Yarra, featuring Ian Wilson

In 2013, Ian Wilson of Wilson ID, spoke about his ‘Rose of South Yarra’ project, which won eight awards in the BDAV’s 2013 Building Design Awards, including the coveted Building Design of the Year. This unique and unconventional warehouse-style home embraces the atmosphere of Melbourne’s café and laneway culture.

Sacred Spaces 6 - Mildura Eco Living Centre, featuring Luke Middleton

In 2013, Luke Middleton of EME Design spoke about his multi-award-winning project, Mildura Eco Living Centre, an exciting, sustainable architectural exemplar of a multi-purpose community facility that embraces sustainable design elements and technologies.

Sacred Spaces 6 – Sun Theatre, Yarraville, featuring Lindsay Douglas

In 2014, Lindsay Douglas of Dig Design spoke about the Sun Theatre in Yarraville, one of his favourite buildings in Melbourne for the complete architecture and cinema experience. Originally opened in 1938 as a single-screen cinema, the Sun Theatre underwent several changes and today provides seating for 660 people in six boutique cinemas, all detailed in art deco style.