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JMA Architects has won the 2011 Gabriel Poole Award for Building of the Year at the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Sunshine Coast regional architecture awards.
Jury director Malcolm Middleton announced that JMA Architects’ Kingaroy Crematorium, a contemporary building that opens up to the landscape, was the winner of the main award. In a statement, the jury said: The architecture of death, farewell and contemplation is not often encountered in a new built form.
The crematorium builds on the mature landscape in which it sits and is deliberately subservient to the cypress pines and eucalypts that establish a place of substance. The central space which caters for a wide range of service forms and size has a richness of material and a simplicity of detail that create a comfortable setting for the contemplative and socially important role that is conducted here. The project offers a feeling of support and engagement for a use that most members of the local community are likely to experience at some time.
Riddell Architectures Maleny Grove Live Life Village, a residential project designed for retirees, was presented with the House of the Year award. Overall site planning, orientation and built form is responsive to the rural town setting and the target market of retirees from larger properties by conveying spaciousness as well as a residential scale, said the jurors.
In addition, five projects were awarded commendations at the regional awards: four residential houses and one public architecture project. These were the Miller Residence, by Bud Brannigan Architects; Marcus Beach House, by Robinson Architects; MODE DESIGNs Peregian Beach House; PHORM Architecture + Designs Canopy House and FutureSenses Montessori International College Library and Double GLA.
The Kingaroy Crematorium and Maleny Grove projects together with the five commended designs will now all qualify for the Queensland Architecture Awards, to be announced in Brisbane on 24 June.