- Article by Online Editor
Renato D’Ettore Architects’ Azuris, a secluded holiday home on Hamilton Island, has been named ‘Building of the Year’ at the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2012 Central Queensland Architecture Awards.
The home, a modern pavilion that embraces the natural setting, features a series of tranquil spaces carved out of robust masonry ideally suited to the island’s sub-tropical climate.
“Azuris embodies a tropical ethos utilising heavy materials to frame spectacular views and to cocoon living and sleeping spaces interspersed by courtyards. The project unites modernist spatial principles with exceptional craftsmanship,” said the jurors.
This latest win comes after the firm’s success at the 2011 AIA awards for another Hamilton Island residential project, Solis – which was awarded the Robin Dods Award for Residential Architecture – Houses at the 2011 AIA Queensland state awards.
Two further Regional Commendations were presented at the awards. The Ergon Energy Rockhampton Skills Training Facility, a joint project by Lend Lease Design with Architectus in collaboration, was also awarded. This project involved the transformation of Rockhampton’s disused powerhouse – in particular the turbine hall – into what the jury called “legible and efficient working areas imparted with a strong sense of identity and cohesion”.
The third project commended at the awards was the Park Avenue Hotel by TVS Architects – another refurbishment and expansion project in Rockhampton, which the jury said “generates a strong sense of community and vitality” in the region.
This year’s Central Queensland awards were judged by Carl Brown, Principal at Beat Architects in Rockhampton, and Kaye Clark, Lecturer in Built Environments Program for the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Health at Central Queensland University.
Images (1) Azuris, Renato D’Ettorre Architects, photo by Francesca Giovanelli; (2) Ergon Energy Rockhampton Skills Training Facility, Lend Lease Design and Architectus, photo by David Harbutt; (3) Park Avenue Hotel Rockhampton, TVS Architects, photo by David Harbutt