2019 is a significant milestone for the University of Melbourne as they celebrate 150 years of built environment education. The BE-150 program has been developed to celebrate this milestone. ‘Batter, Bake & Build: Melbourne’s Great Architectural Baking Competition’ is central to this recognition, offering an opportunity for fun, creative expression and a celebration of architecture, design and culinary talents.
Held over the weekend of the 17-18 August during the University of Melbourne’s Open Day, the competition saw 30 entrants vying for 5 categories of prizes.
Professor Donald Bates: Melbourne School of Design Associate Dean (Engagement), Chair of Architectural Design
Thao Armstrong: Founder, Don’t Tell Charles
Eid Goh: Director, Architects EAT
1st Place: Zarah Noriel ‘Flinders Street Station – beyond the clocks’
2nd Place: Monica Nam ‘Structures in Chaos’ (Southbank Theatre)
3rd Place: Sharyn Frantz ‘Storey Hall Annex. 1995 ARM Architecture, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne’
Student Award: Caroline Lee ‘Arts Centre’
People’s Choice Award: Xin Ying Choo ‘Manchester Unity’
What was the competition brief?
- This year’s theme ‘Batter, Bake & Build: Recreating Melbourne’s iconic buildings’ tested design and engineering expertise to recreate Melbourne’s architectural icons in cake or baked form.
- The cakes must be baked and edible.
- Entries have to be based on buildings within the Melbourne CBD (both current or historical buildings)
- In the recreation of buildings, contestants were encouraged to explore their creativity. They were welcome to interpret, translate and apply their vision into their cake design with unlimited creativity.
- It offers an opportunity for fun, creative expression and celebrates architecture, design and culinary talents.
- It offers students, staff and the general public and alternative avenue for creative architectural and design expression.
- It also provides a different avenue for people to experience architecture, design and baking.
- The Melbourne School of Design (and the University of Melbourne more broadly) is always looking for new avenues to explore and express design and architecture. This competition is a great example of that.
How was the competition received?
It’s the only the first year but the competition has was very well received:
- More than 140 registered;
- 30 cakes entered;
- Entries received from University students, architectural and design professionals, bakers, as well as the general public.
What were the categories and prizes?
- Public Open to established and aspiring practitioners, professionals and the general public (including students, University staff and alumni) $2,500 in prizes
- Student Open to University of Melbourne students. With $1,000 in prizes
- People’s Choice Most popular cake assessed by public vote $1,000 in prizes