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The winners of the 2011 Viridian Vision Awards have been announced, with four firms rewarded for the innovative and energy efficient use of glass in architecture.
Two residential projects and two education buildings were recognised at the awards, announced on 15 April at the AIAs 2011 National Architecture Conference, Natural Artifice, held in Melbourne.
Melbourne firm HATZ Architects (formerly WSH Architects) was awarded in the Residential energy efficient category for Paradise Drive residence on the Mornington Peninsula. The beachside residence is organised as a 3D spiral, with a protected outdoor space drawn from the courtyard house typology as well as a glazed first-floor living space overlooking the coast.
Allen Jack + Cottier Architects project, the Kerrie Murphy Building at the International Grammar School in Ultimo, was the winner of the Commercial energy efficient category. The building, which features rounded windows described by AJ+C Principal Michael Heenan as large amoebic openings, is a continuation of the ideas explored in the firms award-winning Berry Sports Hall.
Giant Steps: Markaling House in Gladesville NSW, a project by Mury Architects, was named as the winner of the Commercial creative use of glass award. The school building, designed for autistic children, uses colour, space and light to define activity within the space.
Giles Tribe Architects and Urban Planners Manly Residence was the winner of the Residential creative use of glass category.
Glass manufacturer Viridian first launched the awards program three years ago, in order to promote the creative and environmental use of glass in architectural design. Viridian Marketing Manager, Lachlan Austin, said: With the growing range of high-performance glass products available, [glass] has also evolved to become a critical component in helping buildings meet increased energy regulations. Each award winner was presented with $5,000 in prize money.