Richard Lee & Grant Amon win at ArchiTeam Awards

September 7, 2009

Battery Point House by Richard Lee and Svarmisk Resort Centre by Grant Amon win awards under theme of ‘responsible architecture’.

Richard Lee and Grant Amon have won the 2009 ArchiTeam Architecture Award, which this year focused on ‘Responsible architecture in the face of climate change and economic downturn’.

This year’s awards, held at the Obscura Gallery, were judged by Professor Shane Murray, Professor Paolo Tombesi, Jennifer Calzini and Natasha Palich.

Lee’s Battery Point House (images 1-3, above) won the Built Work, Medium category, for a contemporary addition to an existing heritage building that uses a transitional space to mediate between old and new. The judging panel commended the project, which ‘addressed a range of programmatic requirements including working and living combinations, contemporary architectural expression within a heritage consideration and the challenges of a very unique site.’

Amon’s Svarmisk Resort Centre (images 4-6, above) won the Built Work, Large category for a resort and spa complex that reused materials from existing, dilapidated buildings. The panel commented on the ‘skilful handling’ of the commercial foyer area, and ‘the careful siting and evocative formal design of the project’.

Commendations were given to Nic Owen Architects for Carlton House and Barabra Moje Architecture for A Retreat in the Roof, as well as Richard Bruch in the Unbuilt Work – Student category for Bullen’s Lane Initiative, a research project transforming an inner-city laneway into an urban parkland.

With a focus on conscientious living within our ecological footprint, many of the entries were domestic projects built with affordable budgets. Professor Shane Murray said that the jury was impressed with the number of entries that would not normally be seen in an architectural awards program – ‘where we see design capabilities applied to programs and other forms of architectural contribution’.

ArchiTeam is a cooperative organisation that acts as a support network for architects in small practice. It encourages its members to form project teams and share resources. The awards program recognises the work of its members, and take place every two years.

Projects by the two winners and all finalists can be viewed at Obscura Gallery until 24 September 2009.
Obscura Gallery, First Floor 285 Carlisle Street, East St Kilda VIC 3183

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