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2012 Brisbane Architecture Awards

May 16, 2012

Owen and Vokes and Arkhefield win the top awards at the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2012 Brisbane Regional Architecture Awards.

A transformed worker’s cottage in inner Brisbane and a bold new restaurant development on the city’s South Bank have been awarded top honours at the Australian Institute of Architects’ (AIA) 2012 Brisbane Regional Architecture Awards.

Owen and Vokes’ Four-Room Cottage, a remodelled worker’s cottage in the inner suburbs of Brisbane, was named House of the Year. The project’s name refers to the typical floorplan common to this housing model, featuring four equally sized rooms arranged around a central corridor.

Jurors described the project as an “inspired translation of a traditional four-room cottage into a six-room one, with a perimeter circulation spine providing access to multiple service spaces, kitchen and external rooms which devolves into a series of garden terraces.”

Arkhefield’s River Quay on Brisbane’s South Bank, meanwhile, was presented with the John Dalton Award for Building of the Year. This project provides a new restaurant destination for the city, complemented by a new public space along the banks of the Brisbane River.

Jurors said of Arkhefield’s project: “River Quay is a commercial success both due to the quality of restaurants it has attracted and to the diversity of dining experiences it offers within a distinct and cohesive overall collective. It generates intimate scale for dining and civic scale through its soaring roofscapes [and] materially and spatially enriches its river and gardens setting.”

The Brisbane regional awards attracted a significantly larger number of projects than Queensland’s other regional awards, with 34 commendations presented from a shortlist of 118 entries.

Owen and Vokes also received commendations for their Windsor Stone Cottage (Heritage category) and Chelmer Pool House (Residential Architecture – Houses category). Arkhefield, too, received multiple commendations, with other successful projects including the Fitzgibbon Core Apartments (Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing), Stokehouse (Interior Architecture) and Satou House (Residential Architecture – Houses).

Donovan Hill was commended for The Lantern, My Own Private Neon Oasis (Art and Architecture) and National School Pride – Cannon Hill State School (Small Project Architecture), while HASSELL received commendations for Esquire Restaurant (Interior Architecture) and the Cross River Rail Detailed Feasibility Study (Urban Design).

Images (1) & (2): Four-Room Cottage by Owen and Vokes. Photos by Jon Linkins (3) River Quay by Arkhefield. Photo by Arkhefield  (4): River Quay by Arkhefield. Photo by John Gollings

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