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The 2012 Think Brick Awards were announced on Friday night at Doltone House in Sydney. Representing the Australian brick industry, the Think Brick Awards encourage architects to consider the artistic and versatile features of clay brick use.
The awards this year centred on the elevation of the Horbury Hunt Award – a prestigious award celebrating innovation and craftsmanship in brickwork that recognises the contribution of architects, builders, bricklayers and manufacturers.
McBride Charles Ryan‘s Infinity Centre and Billard Leece Partnership‘s La Trobe University in Wodonga were joint winners of both the Commercial category and the Overall category, each taking away $5,000 in prize money.
“Great education buildings like the Infinity Centre have the potential to shape future generations by inspiring students to think about the built environment,” the judges said of McBride Charles Ryan’s third consecutive winning project in the Awards. “Here a striking brick facade undulates in both plan and elevation with a hovering mass that defies gravity.”
Of Billard Leece’s new student accommodation for La Trobe University in Wodonga, the judges said: “The building is simultaneously ethereal and weighty, hard and soft. The formal presence of the buildings is featured into the landscape through textures and tones of the brickwork.”
Richard and Spence‘s 19 James St and Atherton Gardens Estate by McCabe Architects and Bird de la Couer Architects were highly commended.
In the Residential category, Jackson Clements Burrows Architects won the top prize for their Harold Street Residence. Using red press bricks to provide a sculpturally engaging family home, the judges added that “the wrapping brick wall creates a permeable edge to the street which expresses the form and fine grain materiality”.
Chenchow Little‘s Stewart House was highly commended in the Residential category.
In the Landscape category, BVN Architecture‘s Mabel Fidler building took out the top award, using Bowral Blue Pressed clay pavers to flow throughout the building – blurring the distinction between hard and soft surfaces.
The Reuse category saw Alex Symes’s ‘Austinmer’ take the top prize, using recycled brick from The Brick Pit and Austral Bricks.
With a 40% increase in entries since last year, the 2012 Awards are seeing increased popularity. According to CEO Elizabeth McIntyre, “The 2012 Awards have confirmed that Face Brick, it is used beautifully in design and its thermal qualities mean it is a building product that make buildings comfortable”.
Judges included Camilla Block, Cameron Bruhn, Neil Durbach, Rachel Neeson and Emma Williamson.
Lead image: Harold Street Residence by Jackson Clements Burrows. Photo by John Gollings.