HASSELL wins top two honours at AIA Northern Territory Awards

June 15, 2010

HASSELL’s modernist approach to tropical architecture wins double award at the NT 2010 Architecture Awards.

HASSELL’s Charles Darwin University Chancellory Building has been awarded the top two awards at the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Northern Territory Architecture Awards.

The project was awarded the prestigious 2010 Tracy Memorial Award, as well as the Reverend John Flynn Award for Public Architecture.

The jury praised the practice’s “modern approach to a tropical building,” with working spaces arranged either side of a central glazed atrium that offers students an inviting internal court or street area.

John Mainwaring, 2010 NT Awards Chairman, said “the controversial decision to choose modernist typology over the contemporary Darwin vernacular for this key building on the CDU campus has paid off. The impressive scale of the exterior and internal public spaces combine successfully with permeability and democracy of access and movement that establish it as a true public facility, and serve to reflect the vision and values of Charles Darwin University.”

HASSELL were additionally awarded with the Peter Dermoudy Award for Commercial Architecture, and the COLORBOND Award for Steel Architecture, for the Sky City Expansion – described as a “contemporary yet complementary portico to the original shape of the casino… [giving] the facility an international image without compromising the unique Darwin landscape and seascape.”

Mainwaring acknowledged the quality of the entries to this year’s awards, saying: “the collection of nominations offer an insight into the way architects in the tropics continue to deal with green and cultural issues, sustainability, and consideration of the natural and urban landscape.”

A public architecture award and commendation were also presented to Mode Design Corporation for two separate projects – the Essington School Computer Centre and the Banyan House Therapeutic Community. The practice also received the People’s Choice Award for The Essington School Computer Centre.

Build Up Design’s The Pink House won the Award for Residential Architecture – Houses. The project was described as a “prototype for tropical suburban housing… This contemporary tropical home takes the best nostalgic design elements from old Darwin and blends them with modern architectural design… making architecturally designed tropical homes accessible to more home owners.”

The Indigenous Community Architecture Award was presented to Warlpiri Youth Development Centre Stage 1 by Brendan J Meney Architects in association with Richard Layton & Associates.

The George Chaloupka Award for Interior Architecture and a sustainable architecture commendation were presented to the Centre Land Council (CLC) at Alice Springs by Woodhead.

This year’s student award was presented to Jessica Edwards.

All awards recipients are now in the running for the National Architecture Awards, to be announced in late October.

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