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AIA Brisbane Architecture Awards

May 9, 2011

HASSELL and Donovan Hill win top honours at the AIA’s 2011 Brisbane Regional Architecture Awards.

The Ecosciences Precinct at Dutton Park, a large-scale research facility for 1,000 scientists designed by HASSELL, has been presented with the John Dalton Award for Building of the Year at the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) 2011 Brisbane Regional Architecture Awards.

Jury Director, Malcolm Middleton, said of the new facility: “This is commercial architecture on a grand scale, bringing together 1000 scientists from eight locations into a single collaborative research environment of 50,000 square metres. The highly rational arrangement of various laboratories, office spaces and support areas, belies the complexity of the facility’s program and the skilful hand of its architectural guidance.”

Brisbane firm Donovan Hill was awarded House of the Year for DHAN plus, located on North Stradbroke Island. The jurors commended the “thoughtful consideration to the scale and context of this project,” designed with humble materials and providing flexible living spaces for the owners.

Thirty-seven projects were presented with regional commendations on the night, and are now in the running for the Queensland state Architecture Awards.

Nettleton Tribe Architects’ ‘landlines’ at ["53 Albert Street":http://australiandesignreview.com/projects/13674-53-Albert-Street-Nettleton-Tribe] in Brisbane – an urban streetscape project in collaboration with Urban Art Projects and artist Jennifer Marchant that demonstrated “disciplined collaboration between architect, artist and urban art fabricator” – was awarded in the Art and Architecture category, along with Jackson Teece Architecture’s ‘Melaleuca’ art wall at the Scott Street Apartments.

Commendations in the Commercial Architecture category were presented to Thompson Adsett + Studio 39’s The Port Office, which provides a “unique headquarters and public identity” for the Port of Brisbane; Donovan Hill’s AM60, a 23-storey commercial tower in Brisbane; Brand and Slater Architects’ Calamvale Hotel, with a “calming and surprising” environment shielded from its busy surrounds; and Stephen Cameron Architect’s Lightspace – an adaptation of an industrial building in Fortitude Valley.

Commended Interior Architecture projects were Nudgee College Tierney Auditorium by m3architecture; AECOM Brisbane Workplace by BVN Architecture; and Tank Restaurant and Bar by Donovan Hill.

Four houses were presented with commendations. Owen and Vokes’ Bulimba Hill House was described as “simple in plan and form, yet layered with textures and uncomplicated details that effortlessly emphasise connections.” Also commended were James Russell Architects’ ["Raven Street House":http://australiandesignreview.com/projects/23005-Raven-Street-House-James-Russell-Architects], an extension to a cottage in Brisbane; Bligh Graham Architects’ Red Hill House and Home Office; and Liquid Blu’s Rossignol Warehouse in Fortitude Valley.

Four projects were awarded in the Multiple Housing category: SW1 Townhouses by bureau^proberts; Castle Street by Najman Architects; Scott Street Apartments by Jackson Teece Architecture; and Parkview, Wheller Gardens by Fulton Trotter Architects.

Six projects were rewarded in the Public Architecture category, while seven entries to the Small Project Architecture category were selected for commendation – including Owen and Vokes’ Red Hill House, platform Architecture’s FIVE 157 and Reddog Architects’ Spry House, the ["Wilson Architects Office":http://australiandesignreview.com/projects/20170-Wilson-Architects-Boundary-Street] by Wilson Architects and Deicke Richards’ Barristers Chambers. Also recognised were arkLAB ARCHITECTURE’s GU N48 Student Learning Environment, and BVN Architecture’s HEAT Exhibition and Event design for the Shanghai World Expo 2010.

Urban Design projects by m3architecture (Yeerongpilly Bridge) and Project Services (Kangaroo Point Park) were commended, while Project Services were also commended in the Sustainable Architecture category for Dandiiri Contact Centre. And in the Heritage category, Arkhefield’s Barracks in Paddington and Bud Brannigan Architects’ Radon Laboratory were both commended.

All 37 projects will now go forward as shortlisted entries for the Queensland Architecture Awards, to be held in Brisbane on 24 June.

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