Design nod for GovHub

June 15, 2024 BY

Different design: The Bendigo government hub, Galkangu, has been recognised in the 2024 Victorian Architecture Awards. Photos: PETER BENNETTS

GALKANGU – Bendigo GovHub has been recognised in the 2024 Victorian Architecture Awards.

The building designed by Lyons Architecture received a commendation in the commercial architecture category of the Australian Institute of Architecture-led awards.

“The new Galkangu – Bendigo GovHub contributes to the continual growth of Bendigo by establishing a stronger, more efficient public sector that will create jobs and deliver services to the community,” awards judges said.

“The design transforms operations for both customers and employees, breaking down silos and creating a one-stop-shop for community services and a hub for the local community.

“Underpinned by sustainable solutions that will not only decrease running costs and improve its environmental footprint, the design enhances wellbeing and strengthens connectivity within the community.”

Galkangu was officially opened late last year.

Galkangu was won of many regional projects honoured.


A total of 15 named awards, 24 architecture awards and 22 commendations were presented as part of the recent Victorian Architecture Awards, recognising 228 projects on the basis of a demonstrated commitment to environmental, economic and social sustainability.

“This year’s awards recipients have indelibly shaped our built environment, showcasing the world-class ingenuity and expertise that resides in our state,” the institute’s Victorian president David Wagner said.

“The impressive range and diversity of winning projects are a testament to the strength of the architectural profession in Victoria, illustrating architecture’s broad reach in urban, suburban and rural contexts.”

Regional Victorian buildings were well represented at the awards night. The Berninneit Cultural Community Centre at Cowes, Phillip Island won the public architecture award, the Wangaratta District Specialist School won the EmAGN Project Award, and Public Realm Lab won three awards for work on the Powerhouse Place project in Mildura.