Boral Design Award 2011/2012

September 22, 2011

Boral launches its annual design competition, which this year focuses on adaptive reuse.

The Boral Design Award 2012 is now open, with a new challenge that focuses on adaptive reuse.

The brief for the competition asks architects to propose a scheme that repurposes an existing city fringe commercial property into a medium density residential or mixed-use development.

The conceptual design competition is now in its sixth year, and has in its different iterations over the years offered architects an opportunity to test ideas in relation to suburban residential design. Having previously given entrants a brief to design a single suburban home, this year the focus is on the reuse of existing building stock.

Entrants are asked to preserve and incorporate 50 percent of the existing building fabric into their concept. Using a selection of Boral products, concepts need to embrace passive design principles such as natural daylight penetration and cross ventilation. Acoustic privacy and community facilities should also be incorporated, while the design must respond to the surrounding urban condition of the site.

“Australia’s need for sustainable, affordable and healthy inner-city communities is growing,” said Glenn Simpkin, Boral Divisional Marketing Manager. “The theme of this year’s awards calls for a lifecycle approach to residential design in an urban environment.”

A third category has been added to the 2011/2012 awards, aimed at emerging professionals. Two further categories cater for professionals and students.

The winner of the professional category will receive a cash prize of $20,000, with $10,000 awarded to the emerging professional winner. The winner of the student category will be presented with a cash prize of $4,000. Winning designs will be published in Architectural Review Australia.

Competition opens 20 September 2011 and closes 1 March 2012.
Download the competition brief and entry guidelines at

  • Harry September 29th, 2011 2:28 am

    Can’t wait to see another year of pretty, but unfeasible proposals. Last year’s winner, including a ground level courtyard on a 5 metre wide site looked great, but what responsible architect would propose such a space when neighbours would build potentially two storeys up to the boundary? It was a design conceived in a thought bubble. Too often in ideas-based competitions we see entries chosen for their nice ideas and imagery, rather than those that also work in the real world, ideas that later don’t seem so great.

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