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Think Brick Australia has launched its 2011 awards, an annual architectural awards program promoting the design possibilities of building with brick.
The program, first started in 2005, will this year encompass four separate awards: the About Face Award, the About Face Student Award, the Horbury Hunt Award and the new Open Face Award.
The new Open Face Award has been launched to compliment the About Face Award. Both are conceptual design programs with the same brief, but while the About Face Award is an invitation-only competition, the Open Face Award is designed to broaden the scope of the competition, with submissions open to all Australian architects.
The brief for 2011 invites architects to design a sustainable, two-bedroom suburban home. The brief asks for more compact dwellings that engage with the street – a medium density, low-rise development that would deliver greater suburban density and ensure a sustainable suburban lifestyle.
The six teams invited to participate in the 2011 About Face Award are Ian McDougall of ARM, Olivia Hyde of BVN Architecture, LAVA’s Chris Bosse, Trent Woods and Jennie Officer from Officer Woods, Adrian Spence from Richards & Spence, and Thomas Bailey, Nathan Crump, Aaron Roberts and James Wilson of Room11.
Students are also invited to submit their designs to the Student Award, challenging entrants to design a suburban house using half the number of bricks used in the average suburban bungalow on a typical quarter acre lot.
The fourth facet to the Think Brick awards is the Horbury Hunt Award – which celebrates brick craftsmanship and innovation in completed projects, covering the commercial, residential and landscape sectors.
Entries to all four awards are now open. Deadline for entries is
31 May 2011. Deadline extended, entries now close 7 June.