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The Australian Institute of Architects has announced the winners of the 2010 Tasmanian Architecture Awards.
Terroirs *Makers Workshop*, a facility providing workshop space for the Burnie crafts industry as well as a museum component for visitors, was awarded the Alan C Walker Award for Public Architecture. The project was described by the jury as a spectacular icon for imaginative civic regeneration and community identity.
The building features five arms, each housing a separate function. Windows at the end of each arm offer views out to Burnies landscape. Jury Chair Ian Moore said of the project: This is architecture with an arresting attitude to vision looking out pointedly at different aspects of its setting port, town, hinterland, ocean and built context just as it demands to be looked at from different vantage points, distances and times of day and night. Completed in a stringent budget within 15 months from initial briefing, the Makers Workshop is a testament to lucid architectural intent and direction.
Other winners included the *UTAS School of Furniture Design in Launceston*, by Six Degrees and Sustainable Built Environments, architects in association. The School won the Sustainable Architecture Award and a Public Architecture Award with a design that seamlessly incorporates simple sustainable design techniques into an architectural expression that is appropriate not only to the industrial nature of the site, but also the pragmatic requirements of the newly established furniture school.
The 25 Year Award for Enduring Architecture was presented to the Department of Public Works/Peter Partridge for the *Supreme Court Complex in Hobart*, described as an enduring and impressive exercise in civic restraint.
The Esmond Dorney Award for Residential Architecture Houses was presented to *Trial Bay House* by HBV Architects. The firm also won the Commercial Architecture Award and Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture for its *Transend Primary Store*. Located on a new industrial site, the jury praised the buildings distinctly individual identity [and] significant aesthetic statement.
The *Strangio House*, a modern refurbishment contained within a heritage building completed by Maria Gigney Architects, was awarded the Roy Sharrington Smith Award for Heritage as well as a Small Project Architecture Award.
This years Peoples Choice Award was given to Lyons, for the *UTAS Medical Science 1* building.
The John Lee Archer Triennial Prize presented to a public or commercial project that has already been honoured in the previous three years was awarded to *Dominic College Chapel* by DesignInc Tasmania (now Forward Brianese + Partners), while the emerging architect prize was given to *Todd Henderson*.
The 2010 Presidents Prize was won by *Robert Morris-Nunn*. Tasmanian Chapter President Richard Crawford said Morris Nunn demonstrates often that he is willing to stand up for what he simply believes is right an example of this is his community involvement and voice against the Lauderdale Quay proposal at Ralphs Bay.
The SWT Blythe Student Prize was presented to Chloe Comino, for her project *Sub-urban Dwelling*.
All winners are now in contention for the AIA 2010 National Architecture Awards, to be announced in late October.