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2012 Darling Downs Architecture Awards

April 2, 2012

Projects by Wilson Architects and QUT ‘Real Studio’ students share top honours at the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2012 Darling Downs Architecture Awards.

The Queensland chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) announced the winners of the 2012 Darling Downs regional architecture awards on Friday 30 March.

Two projects were presented with the William Hodgen Award for Building of the Year: Wilson Architects’ Queensland Ipswich Auditorium, and Real Studio: Murphy’s Creek BNT, designed by Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

The QUT project, designed and built by students as part of the university’s Real Studio design and build program, is a new rural agricultural shed to replace the previous facilities, destroyed in the 2011 Queensland flooding. “This project is at one level a wonderful symbol of community renewal as well as a superb program from QUT students to experience the making of a building,” said the jurors, adding that the building itself “is a marvellous jewel of architecture both compositionally and functionally”.

Wilson Architects’ auditorium at the University of Queensland Ipswich campus was described by jurors as a “masterful response,” designed to sit sensitively in the context of the surrounding buildings, formerly part of the Challinor Centre psychiatric institution. Jurors said: “The masonry modulation, the interstitial public space between new and old, the transparency into the auditorium, and the vivid green glass frontage are beautifully composed around a new campus courtyard. Asked to add what is effectively a large, normally closed, box to a highly articulated, historic campus, the architects have created a masterful response.”

Two further projects were presented with regional commendations at the awards: the UQ Fitness and Aquatic Centre at the UQ Gatton campus by Architectus, and the Engine Room Offices in Toowoomba by Aspect Design Studios.

Images (1) Real Studio:Murphy’s Creek BNT, photo by ENjOY productions; (2) Wilson Architects, University of Queensland Ipswich Auditorium, photo by Christopher Frederick Jones

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