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Melbournes rectangular stadium, [“AAMI Park”:http://stage.australiandesignreview.com/projects/20142-Melbourne-Rectangular-Stadium-COX-Architects-and-Planners] designed by Cox Architecture, has been presented with three of the top awards at the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) 2011 Victorian Architecture Awards.
AAMI Park was awarded the Victorian Architecture Medal, the Melbourne Prize and the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture. The project also received the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture.
James Staughton, Chair of the jury, said of the project: AAMI Park is a worthy winner of the 2011 Victorian Architecture Medal due to the convincing architectural integration of program complexity, cultural engagement, structural innovation and environmental performance.
NH Architectures redevelopment of Melbourne landmark, the Myer Bourke Street building, was presented with the Sir Osborn McCutcheon Award for Commercial Architecture. Jurors said the project, which features a faceted gold roof, dramatic eight level atrium with a large diamond-shaped skylight and a new harlequin façade on Little Bourke Street, must now be our citys premier contemporary retail space.
Commercial architecture awards were also presented to Bates Smart for Crown Metropol, and John Wardle Architects for the 500 Bourke Street Redevelopment. John Wardle Architects also received the Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design for the same project.
In the residential categories, the Harold Desbrowe-Annear Award for New Houses was awarded to NMBW Architecture Studio for Sorrento House. Architecture Awards for new houses were also presented to Muir Mendes for Law Street House, BKK Architects for Beached House, and Sally Draper Architects for Westernport House.
Three architecture awards were presented to residential alterations and additions. Recipients were Nest Architects for Boston Villa, Denton Corker Marshall for Gallery House, and Harrison and White for Foyn-Johanson House.
The Best Overend Award for Multi-Residential projects was awarded to Elenberg Frasers ABeckett Tower, which demonstrated understanding, skill and inventiveness within the constraints of a developer-driven, large-scale apartment building. Hayball received an architecture award in the same category for John Street, Box Hill. The ABeckett Tower was also recognised with an architecture award for steel architecture.
In the sustainability field, Studio505s 6 Star Green Star Pixel Building took home the named award, while Wolveridge Architects Hill Plains House an autonomous home with no grid electricity or water connections was also awarded.
In the Interior Architecture category, Kerstin Thompson Architects Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) Caulfield received the Marion Mahony Interior Architecture Award. Awards were also presented to Six Degrees Architects Newmarket Hotel, and 1:1 Architects The Waiting Room.
The winner of the small project named award was Breathe Architecture for River Studios a small budget conversion of derelict warehouses into art studios. A second small project award was awarded to Antarctica and Monash Architecture Studio for Habitat 21 Adaptable House.
In a strong year for The Regional Prize, three awards were given to bamford-dash architectures Marysville Rebuilding Advisory Centre, Gray Puksands La Trobe University Shepparton, and Adam Dettrick Architects The Heights Community Building in Traralgon.
The Bates Smart Award for Architecture in the Media (State Award) was presented to Ivan Rijavec and John Gollings for the Now and When: Australian Urbanism exhibition at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, while National Awards were given to Justine Clark, former editor of _Architecture Australia_, and Peter Maddison for Grand Designs Australia.