The new annex building provides much-needed office accommodation for 102 members of parliament and their support staff. Parliament House is nearly 160 years old but was never completed. After a century and a half of makeshift and inadequate member’s offices and numerous failed schemes to extend Parliament House, the new building finally solves a long standing accommodation problem. The annex has been constructed as a separate free-standing building within the eastern gardens of the Parliamentary precinct but is linked back into Parliament House via a bridge, tunnel and laneway connections. The new annex has been conceived as a companion building set in a garden where one hundred percent of the footprint has been replaced with landscape on the roof and within a large central courtyard. The office annex has been planned as a perimeter courtyard scheme of four unequal wings that have been partly sunken into the ground to protect views and integrate it topographically within the eastern garden.
“…I wish to pay tribute for your intellectual vision to our unique institution in what I can only describe as a magnificent enterprise. The new Annex successfully adds a new, richly engaging and open element to Parliament House, providing an environmentally responsible addition to the Parliamentary precinct” – The Hon Bruce Atkinson MLC, President of the Legislative Council, Parliament of Victoria