Gold Coast and Northern Rivers AIA Awards

Apr 24, 2012
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Projects by BVN Architecture and Paul Robertson Architects have been honoured with the top awards at the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Gold Coast and Northern Rivers Regional Architecture Awards.

BVN Architecture’s “elegant and refined” Robina Hospital Expansion was the recipient of the Building of the Year award. The project, which has grown a small local hospital into a major regional health facility for the Gold Coast, “strikes an appropriate balance between operational efficiency and healthcare environment for patients and staff,” said the jury.

Paul Robertson Architects’ residential project, Advaita Way, was named House of the Year. The rural home is a simple, understated project that embraces its locale and is perfectly attuned to its subtropical setting.

Jurors noted: “This house achieves sustainable design in ways that are not only particular to residential design, but adaptable to other building typologies. The key element is a composition of dual skins – one glass and one a semi-permeable layer of mesh screening. With no air conditioning and several specific ESD initiatives, the house exhibits sound sustainability principles.”

In total, eight of the 23 projects entered to the awards were given regional commendations.

Suters Architects’ Park Lake State School and Populous’ Metricon Stadium received commendations in the Public Architecture category, while HASSELL’s GCRT 2031 – a study of the Gold Coast Rapid Transit Corridor – was commended in the Urban Design category.

Paul Uhlmann Architects’ Surf Residence and BGD Architects’ Sunbrite Residence were commended in the Residential – Houses category, while in the Multiple Housing category, DBI Design was commended for The Oracle apartments in Broadbeach.

Entries were judged by a panel including Leigh Shutter from Griffith University Gold Coast campus, Scott Carpenter of Scott Carpenter Architect, Matt Cooper of Aspect Architecture, Darren Greenaway of BDA Architecture, Leah Lang of Leah Lang Architect, and Brian Mossop from the Gold Coast Bulletin.

Images (1) Advaita Way, Paul Robertson Architects. Photo by Matt Hofmann; (2) Robina Hospital Expansion, BVN Architecture. Photo by Christopher Frederick Jones

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