From multi-storey ultra modern homes to Australia’s first purpose-built LGBTIQ+ hub, the impressive shortlist for the ArchiTeam Awards 2021 has been released!
Now in its 14th year, the awards program open exclusively to ArchiTeam members is an opportunity for practices to showcase their designs to the industry and the curious general public.
Of this year’s 115 entries, 29 projects were selected as finalists for eight categories, which include the new $500k, between $500k – $1m and over $1m subcategories introduced into the Residential Alterations and Additions award.
As COVID-19 restrictions ease across the country, ArchiTeam plans to have a face-to-face two-week event in Melbourne, which includes free workshops, sessions with New Architects Melbourne and mingle events.
Anyone can vote for their favourite project in the People’s Choice Awards, which closes on 27 October 2021. All the winners will be announced on 17 November 2021.
Here are some of the stand-out new homes, commercial and community projects and residential alterations and additions that made this year’s shortlist.
Finalist in the Commercial, Community and Public category
The Victorian Pride Centre is the new home of Victoria’s LGBTQI+ communities. The building provides a public working hub, café, theatre/multi-function space, archive, health centres, roof top garden, art gallery and lettable space for tenants interested in a relationship with the LGBTQI+ communities.
Finalist in the Residential Alterations and Additions Awards: $1m + category
Deco House is a serene and sun-drenched home that reimagines the Art Deco style for contemporary living, nestled within the backstreets of leafy Kew. Though remarkably unprotected by a Heritage overlay, the design intervention nevertheless seeks to honour the heritage quality of the original house.
Finalist in the Residential Alterations and Additions Awards: $500k – $1m category
Terrace House 1 is a two-story rear addition to an existing terrace house driven by the desire for connectedness to family, the outdoors and the creation of a retreat for a frontline medical worker often required to work nights.
Finalists in the Residential Alterations and Additions Awards: Up to $500k category.
To unlock the potential of a narrow site, Architecture Architecture introduced upholstered banquettes, window seating and kitchen benches in this Victorian home, freeing-up the centre for a generous island bench and built-in table. Everything feels integrated – is integrated – fitting together like a three-dimensional jigsaw.
Finalist in the Residential New Award: $1m+ category
Hutt 01 is a piece of inspiring contemporary architecture with a timeless, modernist touch. It’s a prefab passive house that doesn’t require heating or cooling for most of the year, a luxury but fun home with many aspects of sustainable design and a case study of how we can live sustainably into the future.
Finalist in the Residential New Award: Up to $1m+ category
Despite its proximity to the picturesque coastline of the Mornington Peninsula, this project’s more immediate context called for a carefully considered strategy that could limit the house’s exposure to the adjacent streets. Responding confidently to this challenge, Corner House deploys a restrained, dark façade to the perimeter of the site that captures and conceals a delicate private courtyard within its walls.
Residential Alterations and Additions Awards: $1m +
Residential Alterations and Additions Awards: $500k – $1m
Residential Alterations and Additions Awards: Up to $500k
Innovation and Contribution Award
Residential New Award: $1m+
Residential New Award: Up to $1m
Commercial, Community and Public Award
The People’s Choice Awards will be judged by members of the public and is open to the Public until 5pm on Wednesday 27 October 2021. Anyone is able to vote once here.
Lead photo: Corner House by Archier. Photo: Rory Gardiner.