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Regional QLD reaping benefits of good design

July 20, 2009

New architectural projects outside of metropolitan Queensland claim almost half of this year’s top Awards.

Collecting an unparalleled 17 of the 37 awards and commendations, regional Queensland has emerged as the winner at the AIA 2009 Queensland Architecture Awards. Among the charge of accolades were the State’s best new residential project, best new heritage project, best small project architecture, best interior architecture and best steel architecture.

Jury Director, Justin O‘Neill said the regional acclaim “offers further proof that our Regional Architecture Awards program, which provides support for regional projects… is generating significant and widespread benefit for Queenslanders in the form of great architecture.”

The Robin Dods Award for Residential Architecture went to Brian Hooper Architect for the Busby Residence at Yeppon, about 10 hours out of Brisbane. Presenting the award, Mr O’Neill said, “The Busby Residence is an outstanding example of coastal infill. The colours, patternation and use of materials are a modern interpretation of the beach house vernacular and a great precedent for future beach houses in this coastal zone.” Five further residential housing awards and commendations were presented to projects from Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and Agnes Water in Central Queensland.

Heritage awards went to Riddel Architecture for the sensitive renovation of the almost-intact 80-year old Warroo Shire Hall in Surat on the Darling Downs. In a double win for Riddel Architecture, the jury also awarded an Architecture Award to the *["150-year-old Barambah Station,":http://australiandesignreview.com/news/11486-Cattle-station-wins-Sunshine-Coast-building-of-the-year]* near Goomeri.

HASSELL’s *["Warry Street Studio":http://australiandesignreview.com/design_wall/9737-HASSELL-Warry-Street-Studio-HASSELL]* was recognised for its “beautiful conversion of a bakery into a modern design office” receiving the State’s top commercial prize, the Beatrice Hutton Award for Commercial Architecture.

To view the complete list of winners go to ["http://www.architecture.com.au/i-cms?page=13047":http://www.architecture.com.au/i-cms?page=13047]

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