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Think Brick Australia has announced the winner of its annual awards program, rewarding innovation and craftsmanship of designing and building with brick.
Winners were revealed at the awards night, held at the Myer Mural Hall in Melbourne.
The winners of this year’s About Face Award, which features six design proposals from an invited selection of Australian architects, was Ashton Raggatt McDougall (ARM) for their design, ‘In a Roundabout Way’. ARM’s design translates the wasted space of a suburban roundabout into a community building, delivering a sense of shared experience and place.
The judges said of ARM’s concept: “ARM has identified how suburbs can utilise public spaces without imposing on the boundaries of others. Notions of community and slow architecture link the future of brick with its traditional usage of building pasting structures that convey a sense of solidity and arrival.”
Officer Woods’ About Face entry, The Civic Suburb, was highly commended by the judges. The studio’s design reclaims the vacant spaces of the typical suburban street with a series of brick structures, providing shared, flexible community space.
Other proposals in the About Face Award included Richards and Spence’s Neighbourhood Square, Room11’s Nature Stripped, BVN Architecture’s Double Up and LAVA’s Suburb of the Future.
Three projects were recognised in the Think Brick Horbury Hunt Awards, which celebrates the use of brick in built projects. McBride Charles Ryan’s Penleigh and Essendon Grammar – Junior School for boys was the winner of the commercial category, while Richards and Spence Architects’ addition of an outdoor public space to The Corner Shop Cafe in Toowong, Queensland, was the winner of the Outdoor category.
Matthew Gribben Architects won the Residential and Reuse categories for Five Courts, a conversion of a former builder’s yard into a contemporary residence. Gribben’s project adapts the existing brick walls of the building, creating a series of gables and internal courtyards that delivers “beautiful detail and interest while remaining contextual to the site”.
This year’s new award, the Open Face Award – an open competition for conceptual design – called for submissions that delivered a sustainable suburban home. The award was presented to two entrants: Andrew Burgess for Rosebery, a suburban home with a low scale, intensive footprint, and Rana Aboud for Vault House, which converts the suburban lot into a sheltered, environmentally responsible future home.
Special commendations in the About Face student award were presented to Joshua Mulford and Sheng Qiang for 15 Degrees, and Seung Hyuk Choi for The Market Home, and the winner of the About Face University award was Hugo Woaye-Hune for The Vestige.
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