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Above: The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, by Billard Leece Partnership and Bates Smart. Photo by John Gollings.
An impressive number of Australian architecture firms have triumphed at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards, held in Singapore last week, winning eight out of 33 categories:
- The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne by Billard Leece Partnership and Bates Smart, in the Completed Building – Health category (winner)
- Martin no.38, Singapore by Kerry Hill Architects, in the Completed Building – Housing category (winner)
- Common Ground, Sydney by HASSELL, in the Completed Building – Housing category (highly commended)
- Darling Quarter, Sydney by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT), in the Completed Building – Offices category (winner)
- The Shearer’s Quarters, Tasmania by John Wardle Architects, in the Completed Building – Villa category (winner)
- Perry Park, Sydney by HASSELL, in the Future Projects – Competition Entries category (winner)
- Man-Built Dongqian Lake Concept Design, China by HASSELL, in the Future Projects – Experimental category (winner)
- Tianjin Binhai New District, China by HASSELL, in the Future Projects –Infrastructure category (winner)
Shortlisted in 24 of the 33 categories, Australia was well represented at WAF – the world’s largest festival dedicated to celebrating global architecture – with 50 of the 301 shortlisted entries hailing from Australia.
“It is wonderful to see this worldwide recognition of Australian architects for their design talent across such a broad range of building types and locations,” says the Australian Institute of Architects’ CEO David Parken. “The challenge to do more with less while incorporating sustainable design principles is a universal one which I believe has been successfully addressed by the Australian winners.”
In celebration of Australia’s success at the awards, the Australian Institute of Architects have produced two short films in collaboration with creative agent Lindy Johnson and filmmaker Alex Chomicz. The films feature 15 of the shortlisted Australian firms and are titled A Series – Australian Architects on Film. The films feature prominent Australian practices such as BVN Architecture, HASSELL, Woods Bagot, Cox Rayner and more.
The 2012 World Building of the Year, announced on the closing evening of WAF, was the Cooled Conservatories at Gardens in the Bay in Singapore, by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Grant Associates, Atelier One and Atelier Ten – a set of two climate controlled greenhouses at the heart of the city’s 101-hectare Gardens by the Bay site. The Landscape of the Year award was presented to Atelier Dreiseitl for Kallang River Bishan Park, also in Singapore, while AECOM’s Msheireb – Heart of Doha in Qatar was the winner of the Future Project of the Year award.
Now in its eleventh year, Shaw Contract’s Design Awards program honors architecture and design firms that are changing the way people engage and interact with a space.