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Central Queensland Regional Architecture Awards winners

February 25, 2013

A shrine to prehistory took out the top prize at the AIA’s 2013 Central Queensland Regional Architecture Awards on Friday.

Above: Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum, Winton, by Cox Rayner Architects. Photo by Christopher Frederick Jones.

The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum by Cox Rayner Architects received both a Regional Commendation and the J.W. Wilson Award for Building of the Year at the Australian Institute of Architect’s 2013 Central Queensland Regional Architecture Awards on Friday.

Located on a Mesa above the alluvial plains near Winton, Queensland, the pro-bono design by Cox Rayner Architects comprises a visitor’s interpretation centre, a climate-controlled collections hall, administration centre, museum shop, amenities and outdoor gathering space.

Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum, Winton, by Cox Rayner Architects. Photo by Christopher Frederick Jones

 

“Put simply, this is a remarkable collaboration between the design team and a committed client group and has resulted in a project that has regional and national significance,” noted the jury, which consisted of Central Queensland juror Brian Hooper (Brian Hooper Architect, Yeppoon), jury director Mark Damant (Woods Bagot) and deputy director Liam Proberts (bureau^proberts).

“The architects have carefully considered the procurement process and by working closely with the largely self-taught client, who actually built the building (with advice and help from Woollams Constructions); the whole team has been able to produce a building that has exceeded any reasonable expectations. This team ought to be immensely proud.”

The jury awarded five regional commendations in addition to the J.W. Wilson Award for Building of the Year:

J.W. Wilson Award for Building of the Year

  • Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum, Winton, by Cox Rayner Architects

Regional Commendations

  • Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum, Winton, by Cox Rayner Architects
  • Crowsnest Retreat, Agnes Water, by PHORM Architecture + Design
  • Administration and Library Woorabinda State School, Woorabinda, by Kevin O’Brien Architects
  • Rockhampton Regional Library, South Rockhampton, by Brewster Hjorth Architects
  • Health Clinic CQU, Rockhampton, by Reddog Architects

Regional award recipients progress to the Queensland Architecture Awards to be announced in Brisbane on 21 June 2013.

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