Marion’s Media and Awards

Marion Cultural Centre is published widely in books and magazines.

It won a list of awards for design and construction and the City of Marion won a community services award for it.

Marion won the cover spot on Australia Architecture & Design (daab, 2007).


The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture (Phaidon, 2004) is a 46 cm x 32 cm tome. It is a “comprehensive reference atlas documenting the outstanding works of architecture from all over the world built since 1988” including Marion Cultural Centre.



“Sensuous yet serious, the Marion Cultural Centre by ARM + Phillips Pilkington is both an essay in communication and a successful articulation of community commitment to the public domain.” —Sean Pickersgill, Architecture Australia, May/June 2002


Back in the days when they still took proper photos for car ads, Marion was a Mitsubishi backdrop.


ARM and Phillips Pilkington’s original concept made into the Architect SA, Spring 2000 edition.


Selected publications

  • ARM & PP Architects, ‘Marion Cultural Centre’, Architect South Australia, Spring 2000, pp.10–15
  • Hughes, Tim, ‘M–A–R–I–O–N spells “Heart’’’, City Limits, City of Marion, SA, Spring 2000 pp. 6,16–18
  • Markham, Michael, ‘Marion made?’, Architectural Review Australia, no. 78, Summer 2001/2, pp. 52–61
  • Gallagher, Carolyn, ‘Different by design’, City Limits, Summer 2001, pp. 14–15
  • Loo, Steve, ‘Go figure’, Monument, no. 45, December/January 2001/2, p. 34
  • Pickersgill, Sean, ‘Marion’, Architecture Australia, vol. 91, no. 3, May/June 2002, pp. 30–37
  • Tombesi, Paolo, ‘Sign language’, Domus, no. 849, June 2002, pp. 54–65
  • Ferguson, Angela, ‘Building by letters’, Frame, no 29, November/December 2002, pp. 84–91
  • Tidswell, Andrew, ‘Architecture: Marion Cultural Centre, Phillips/Pilkington with Ashton, Raggatt & McDougall’, Architect South Australia, Autumn 2002, p. 25
  • ‘Marion Cultural Centre’, The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture, London: Phaidon, 2004, p. 56
  • ‘Interior motives’, The Adelaide Review, 4 March 2005
  • ‘Marion Cultural Centre, Adelaide’, Micro Macro City, Australian Pavilion 10th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale Di Venezia 2006, 2006, pp. 55-57


  • Award of Merit—New building, Australian Institute of Architects SA Chapter, 2002
  • Award of Merit for Interior Design, Design Institute of Australia, 2002
  • Award of Excellence Commendation in Public Sector Leadership and Development, Urban Development Institute of Australia, 2002
  • Winner Interiors, Australian Timber Design Awards, 2002
  • Finalist Public and Commercial buildings, Australian Timber Design Awards, 2002
  • Community ServicesArts and Heritage Category winner, National Awards for Local Government (Awarded to the City of Marion)
  • Commercial Exterior Finalist, Dulux Colour Awards, 2003
  • ShortlistedProfessionals’ Choice Award, Architecture + Awards, 2003