Regional architecture triumphs in Queensland

Jun 22, 2010
  • Article by Online Editor

Regional architecture has again been celebrated at the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Queensland Architecture Awards, with over half of this year’s honours awarded to projects outside Brisbane.

Twenty-six of the 47 awards and commendations this year were presented to regional projects, including seven of the state’s ten best new public architecture projects and four of the six best new urban design projects.

The top award for public architecture, the F. D. G Stanley Award, was presented to the *Ipswich Justice Precinct* by Cox Rayner Architects with AMB Architects (ABM Cox Rayner). The judges said: “This court building engages with the public domain in a number of ways, and makes the interaction of the community with the justice system highly visible and accessible.”

Two of the three state awards for public architecture were also presented to regional projects. Brian Hooper Architect and m3architecture (Architects in Association) received an award for the *Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge Memorial* in Central Queensland, while Arkhefield’s *University of Queensland – Rural Clinic School* was also honoured. The third award was presented to Wilson Architects’ *[“The Lilley Centre”:]*.

Jury Director Bud Brannigan commended the high number of public architecture projects entered into the 2010 awards, saying the trend “reflects the growing confidence of government organisations and regional councils in working with architects on key projects.”

The Karl Langer Award for Urban Design was won by Cox Rayner Architects with Arup for the *[“Kurilpa Bridge”:]* – described by the jury as a “major addition to the strategic public infrastructure of inner Brisbane”.

They added: “[The bridge’s] radical structural design is a thoughtful and creative response (in both its overall conception and its detailed implementation) to the challenges of its detailed city context, its topographical and functional constraints, and its high public visibility and indigenous cultural significance.”

Brisbane practice Donovan Hill received three major awards. *Santos Place* won the Beatrice Hutton Award for Commercial Architecture; *Z House* won the Robin Dods Award for Residential Architecture – Houses; and *Seaspray Resort and Spa* won the Job & Froud Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing.

ABM Cox Rayner also received the 2010 Art & Architecture Prize and G. H. M Addison Award for Interior Architecture for the *Ipswich Justice Precinct*, while the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture went to Troppo Architects Queensland for *Tyto Wetlands*.

*Balmoral Residence*, a project by Kieron Gait Architects, won the Hayes & Scott Award for Small Project Architecture, while a Brisbane icon – the *Queensland Performing Arts Centre* by Robin Gibson & Partners – won the 25 Year Award for Enduring Architecture.

The *Old Government House Conservation and Adaptation*, a project by Conrad Gargett Architecture, received the Don Roderick Award for Heritage; and City Design’s *Willawong Bus Depot* was awarded the Harry S. Marks Award for Sustainable Architecture.

The success of regional projects at this year’s awards builds on the achievements of the 2009 awards, which saw 17 of the 37 awards and commendations presented to regional architecture projects.

All award winners will now be in contention for the 2010 National Architecture Awards, which will be announced in October.

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