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2012 AIA National Architecture Awards winners revealed

November 2, 2012

Community-focused projects and ‘poetic’ spaces triumphed at the AIA’s 2012 National Architecture Awards, held at the Midland Railway Workshops in Perth last night.

Above: MONA – Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania. Photo by Leigh Carmichael.

Community-focused and ‘poetic’ spaces triumphed at the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2012 National Architecture Awards, held at the Midland Railway Workshops in Perth last night. Thirty-three projects in total were awarded.

The prestigious Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture was awarded to Tasmania’s MONA – Museum of Old and New Art. A unique collaboration between collector David Walsh and Fender Katsalidis Architects, MONA is the first Tasmanian project to receive the coveted award – the Institute’s highest honour for a project – in the Awards’ 31-year history.

The jury – chaired by Brian Zulaikha and consisting of Kerry Hill, Richard Johnson, Amy Muir and Juliana Engberg – said that MONA is one of Australia’s best examples of the benefits of cultural tourism, describing it as “a powerful and entertaining experience for displaying and engaging with art that theatrically delivers visitors to a sandstone-walled space within a steel container that is already weathering inexorably into the landscape”.

Shearer’s Quarters, by John Wardle Architects. Photo by Trevor Mein.

 

It was the Shearer’s Quarters by John Wardle Architects that took home the coveted Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture – Houses. Located on a historic farming property on North Bruny Island, the Shearer’s Quarters provides accommodation for travelling shearers as well as rural contractors and staff. the jury described the project as “pure poetry”, congratulating it for having “a wonderful sense of spirit, tactility and purpose”.

BVN Architecture received the Frederick Romberg Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing for their Monash University Student Housing in Clayton. The jury was impressed by the project, which comprises two five-storey buildings each containing three hundred studios, flanking a central, common courtyard. “The project successfully nurtures the student community while supporting the individual,” said the jury.

1 Bligh Street, by Architectus + ingenhoven architects. Photo by Hans-Georg Esch.

 

The Harry Seidler Award for Commercial Architecture went to 1 Bligh Street in Sydney, by architectus + ingenhoven architects – recognised for its principles of flexibility, efficiency and communication.

Other prestigious awards given on the night included the Lachlan Macquarie Award for Heritage, given to the Restoration of Swifts, Darling Point by Clive Lucas Stapleton & Partners; the Emil Sodersten Award for Interior Architecture, awarded to PTW Architects’ John Kaldor Family Gallery – Art Gallery of New South Wales; and the Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design, which saw Peter Elliott Architecture take the prize home for the University Lawn Precinct RMIT University project.

Built in the 1960s, the iconic Australia Square by Harry Seidler and Associates took home the National Enduring Architecture Award. The result of the shared vision of both Seidler and Lend Lease founder Dick Dusseldorp, Australia Square was celebrated by the jury for its “timeless aesthetic appeal”, and for continuing to be regarded as a landmark building as well as an icon of Australian architecture.

The kauri canopy at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. Photo by John Gollings.

 

FJMT and Archimedia‘s celebrated Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki received the Jørn Utzon Award for International Architecture. Characterised by a series of fine tree-like canopies inspired by the native pohutukawa tree and assembled from carefully selected kauri, the jury praised the Gallery and these emblematic forms, which they said “give the gallery a unique identity that is inspired by the natural landscape of the site”.

The Colorbond® Award for Steel Architecture went to Allen Jack + Cottier Architects for their Milson Island Indoor Sports Stadium, which sits nestled into bushlands on the Hawkesbury River.

Celebrating excellence in architecture, the annual National Architecture Awards are the most prestigious awards in Australia’s design and construction industries. This year, a special exhibition showcasing shortlisted projects will be held at the Gallery of Australian Design in Canberra from Thursday 8 November until Saturday 1 December.

See below for the full list of winners:

PUBLIC ARCHITECTURE

THE SIR ZELMAN COWEN AWARD FOR PUBLIC ARCHITECTURE
MONA — Museum of Old and New Art — Fender Katsalidis Architects
NATIONAL AWARD FOR PUBLIC ARCHITECTURE
Narbethong Community Hall — BVN Architecture
The Royal Children’s Hospital — Billard Leece Partnership and Bates Smart
Ravenswood School for Girls — BVN Architecture
NATIONAL COMMENDATION FOR PUBLIC ARCHITECTURE
Dapto Anglican Church Auditorium — Silvester Fuller

RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE – HOUSES

THE ROBIN BOYD AWARD FOR RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE — HOUSES
The Shearer’s Quarters — John Wardle Architects
NATIONAL AWARD FOR RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE — HOUSES
Cliff Face House — Fergus Scott Architects with Peter Stutchbury Architecture
NATIONAL COMMENDATION FOR RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE — HOUSES
Queensberry Street House — Robert Simeoni Architects
Four-Room Cottage — Owen and Vokes
Big Hill — Kerstin Thompson Architects
Smee Schoff House — Sam Crawford Architects

RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE – MULTIPLE HOUSING

THE FREDERICK ROMBERG AWARD FOR RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE — MULTIPLE HOUSING
Monash University Student Housing, Clayton — BVN Architecture
NATIONAL AWARD FOR RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE — MULTIPLE HOUSING
Heller Street Park and Residences — Six Degrees Architects
Bell Romero Houses — Chenchow Little Architects
NATIONAL COMMENDATION FOR RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE — MULTIPLE HOUSING
58 Stevens Street — Officer Woods

COMMERCIAL ARCHITECTURE

THE HARRY SEIDLER AWARD FOR COMMERCIAL ARCHITECTURE
1 Bligh Street, Sydney — architectus + ingenhoven architects
NATIONAL AWARD FOR COMMERCIAL ARCHITECTURE
Adelaide Studios — Grieve Gillett and Cox Richardson (architects in association)
NATIONAL COMMENDATION FOR COMMERCIAL ARCHITECTURE
Medhurst Winery - Folk Architects Pty Ltd

HERITAGE

THE LACHLAN MACQUARIE AWARD FOR HERITAGE
Restoration of Swifts, Darling Point — Clive Lucas Stapleton & Partners
NATIONAL AWARD FOR HERITAGE
Ormond College Academic Centre — McGlashan Everist Pty Ltd

INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE

THE EMIL SODERSTEN AWARD FOR INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE
The John Kaldor Family Gallery — Art Gallery of New South Wales — PTW Architects
NATIONAL AWARD FOR INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE
Garagistes — Paul Johnston Architects
Inner House — Bates Smart

URBAN DESIGN

THE WALTER BURLEY GRIFFIN AWARD FOR URBAN DESIGN
University Lawn Precinct RMIT University — Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design
NATIONAL AWARD FOR URBAN DESIGN
Taronga Zoo Upper Entry Precinct — BVN Architecture
NATIONAL COMMENDATION FOR URBAN DESIGN
Harry’s Park — Harry Seidler & Associates
William Buckley Bridge, Barwon Heads — Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design
Hilton Community Centre — Bernard Seeber

SMALL PROJECT ARCHITECTURE

NATIONAL AWARD FOR SMALL PROJECT ARCHITECTURE
Real Studio: Murphy’s Creek BNT — Queensland University of Technology
Cultural Centre Amenities — Coniglio Ainsworth Architects

SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE

NATIONAL AWARD FOR SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE
1 Bligh Street, Sydney — architectus + ingenhoven architects
Heller Street Park and Residences — Six Degrees Architects

ENDURING ARCHITECTURE

THE NATIONAL ENDURING ARCHITECTURE AWARD
Australia Square — Harry Seidler and Associates

INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE

THE JØRN UTZON AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki — fjmt + Archimedia (architects in association)

COLORBOND® AWARD FOR STEEL ARCHITECTURE

THE COLORBOND® AWARD FOR STEEL ARCHITECTURE
Milson Island Indoor Sports Stadium — Allen Jack + Cottier Architects

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