MONA triumphs at Tasmanian Architecture Awards

June 19, 2012

Hobart icon MONA took home two major prizes at the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2012 Tasmanian Architecture awards on Saturday night.

Melbourne architecture firm Fender Katsalidis took home the People’s Choice Prize and the Alan C Walker Award for Public Architecture for the Museum of Old & New Art on the weekend.  Announced by Tasmanian Governor Peter Underwood, the waffle concrete and Corten steel container was praised for its mysterious and unconventional properties, with the jury noting that “the visitor can feel comfortably lost amongst extraordinary art”. Fender Katsalidis was also praised for their intricate planning of the structure’s gallery chamber and level interconnections, which facilitate independent navigation of the gallery.

The Shearer’s Quarters on Bruny Island, conceived by John Wardle Architects in Melbourne, received both the Esmond Dorney Award for Residential Architecture and the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture, while the Alterations and Additions Award in the Residential category was granted to Liminal Studio’s Patrick Street Residence in Hobart. The project was praised for its “clear, refined and complementary addition to a respectfully restored late Federation Queen Anne cottage”. Similarly, Circa Morris-Nunn were given the Roy Sharrington Smith Award for Heritage for their conversion of Hobart’s heritage-listed Bulls Head Hotel into two unique apartments.

Local firms Paul Johnston Architects and HBV Architects took out the Interior Architecture Award and the James Blackburn Triennial Prize respectively, with HBV’s Trial Bay House described by the jury as “an outstanding example of complex and sophisticated residential architecture”. Paul Johnston’s Garagistes restaurant in Hobart was applauded for retaining the industrial character of the original garage site, “enhanced through the retention of the singular volume with minimal insertions”.

The awards jury comprised UTAS School of Architecture & Design’s Deputy Head Dr Ceridwen Owen and Associate Professor Natasha Cica, as well as architects Peter Tonkin, Cath Hall and Martin Stephenson from Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, 1+2 Architecture and Rosevear Architects respectively.

See the current AR, Architectural Review Asia Pacific 125: Architecture and the Arts, for an interview with MONA’s David Walsh.

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