Restored Old Government House wins top Brisbane Architecture Award

May 23, 2010

‘Considered, sensitive’ restoration project wins Building of the Year at the AIA’s Brisbane Regional Architecture Awards.

The conservation and restoration of Queensland’s Old Government House has been awarded the prestigious 2010 John Dalton Award for Building of the Year at the Australian Institute of Architects’ Brisbane Regional Architecture Awards.

Queensland State Awards Director Bud Brannigan described Conrad Gargett Architects’ project as a “considered and sensitive response,” with a design that “allows the public to use and enjoy this building for many years to come, while not destroying or detracting from any of its historical importance and ambience.”

He added: “It is a superb example of how an historic building can be restored and revitalised for the benefit of the wider community as a whole.”

Meanwhile, the House of the Year was presented to Stonehawke, a project by base architecture. Brannigan said the house, on a steep suburban site, “embraces multiple use rather than multiplicity of space within a considered architectural framework which deals with the programme, the orientation and the environment.”

A total of 133 architectural projects were entered in this year’s awards, with 34 commendations presented on the night. All commended projects are now in the running for the Queensland Architecture Awards, to be announced in Brisbane on 19 June.

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