Top honour goes to shimmering research hub in South Australian Architecture Awards

Twenty of South Australia’s best architectural projects, from a strong field of forty-three, have been recognised at the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2013 South Australian Architecture Awards announced tonight at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

The state’s highest honour, the Jack McConnell Award for Public Architecture, once again went to a leading university research building with BVN Donovan Hill and Hames Sharley (architects in association) taking out the award for The Braggs, University of Adelaide.

This new research facility for photonics and advanced sensing symbolically represents its internal function through an external crystalline form that shimmers through its reflection and refraction of light throughout the day.

‘The Braggs Building was a clear winner of this award. We were impressed with its clear conceptual basis drawn from the research program it houses. It is strongly expressive of and responsive to the medium of photonics through its use of glass and light.

‘The strong logic underlying planning and form is demonstrative of a thoroughly considered project that effectively communicates the nature of science, technology and light,’ the jury noted.

An ‘elegant and refined’ glass house in the Barossa Valley by Max Pritchard Architect impressed the residential architecture jury and was awarded the John S Chappel Award for Residential Architecture – Houses.

‘Situated on top of a rolling hill and imbedded partially within the ground, the architect has confidently executed a building that is a delight to behold and experience,’ stated the jury.

The Derrick Kendrick Award for Sustainable Architecture was awarded to enduring project, Roach House Belair by Rod Roach Architect, entered by David Ey.

‘This house has endured and has stood the test of time and remains quite simply an exemplar of intelligent and economically sustainable design.

‘Among other enduring aspects of this house, we felt strongly that this is a clever example of fundamental ecologically sustainable development principals at work.’

Hassell’s Murray Bridge Library was awarded the Robert Dickson Award for Interior Architecture.

‘The new Murray Bridge Library, with its views over the river has radically changed the way local users interact with their library.

‘The success of the briefing, community engagement, design process, and execution can be seen in the huge increase in users of the library, and the general attitude and satisfaction of the staff, who are clearly very proud of their new facility,’ the jury commented.

The COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture went to MPH Architects for the Thebarton Community Centre.

‘The centre brings together a variety of user groups in a contemporary building that successfully negotiates budget and local government constraints with the ambition for a local landmark.

‘The use of steel played an integral role in realising the building’s geometries, which have been drawn from site and conceptual logics.’

Other awards presented on the night were:

Public Architecture
Architecture Award – Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer by Woodhead
Commendation – Thebarton Community Centre by MPH Architects
Commendation – St Peter’s Town Hall Complex by Phillips/Pilkington & Flightpath Architects (in association)
Commendation – Flinders University Biology Discovery Centre by Hassell

Residential Architecture – Houses
Architecture Award – Residence 2012 by Walter Brooke & Associates
Architecture Award – Rose Park Residence by Dimitty Andersen Architects
Commendation – Goolwa Beach House by Grieve Gillett Pty Ltd
Commendation – The Captain by C4 Architects

Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
Architecture Award– Alta by Tectvs

Commercial Architecture
Commendation – Australian Federal Police Headquarters by Walter Brooke & Associates

Sustainable Architecture
Architecture Award – Goolwa Beach House by Grieve Gillett Pty Ltd
Architecture Award – Barossa Valley Glass House by Max Pritchard Architect
Commendation – Fan and Flare by Khab Architects

Small Project Architecture
Architecture Award – Sticky Rice B&Bs by John Adam Architect
Commendation – Burnside Substation by Tectvs

Architecture Award – St Peter’s Town Hall Complex by Phillips/Pilkington & Flightpath (architects in association)
COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
Commendation – Benson Radiology Salisbury by Tridente Architects

The City of Adelaide Prize
Bonython Park Upgrade – New Playspace by WAX Design Pty Ltd and Ric McConaghy

Archicentre Renovation Award
Commendation – Hazelwood Park Residence by Energy Architects

Projects that received a Named Award or an Architecture Award now progress to the 2013 National Architecture Awards to be announced in Sydney on 7 November.

For details and images of each project please visit

City of Darebin (Victoria) Budget Approved

Darebin City Council adopted the 2012/2013 Budget at the Council Meeting this week, after community consultation and consideration of submissions made by the public.

“I am very proud of this budget,” said Darebin Mayor, Cr Steven Tsitas.

“It delivers a range of new and existing services and programs, maintains service delivery standards, maintains a robust capital works program, whilst retiring a significant portion of our existing modest borrowing levels in preparation for future needs, such as Darebin’s contribution to unfunded superannuation liabilities.”

“All of which we will deliver with a modest 4.6% rate rise. Darebin compares very favourably against our neighbouring municipalities which have adopted rate rises of 5.5% on average.”

“This is sound financial management which will deliver for our community, now and into the future.”

This Budget proposes a number of new initiatives and maintenance of existing high levels of service to programs such as those below:

  • Environment in excess of $3.5 million;
  • Nearly $1 million for Environmental Health
  • Community planning and social inclusion in excess of $3.3 million;
  • Library and Youth services in excess of $5.5 million;
  • New initiatives for arts and cultural programs ($150,000) to establish partnerships between Darebin Council and some of Melbourne’s festivals, cultural events and artistic companies with the key focus of involving our community;
  • Broadband and wireless internet connections around activity centres ($40,000), improve access at Springthorpe ($40,000) and advocate to ensure that Darebin and the region become one of the first to have NBN; and
  • Council will also be allocating $20,000 for the provision of an e-waste collection service, and $18,000 to investigate ways to minimise waste to land fill.

The Budget allocates new funding of $32.1 million to capital works projects in 2012/2013, including;

  • A major upgrade to the all abilities playspace at EdwardesLake $0.45 million;
  • A contribution of $1.0 million to the $4.8 million redevelopment of the Keon Park Children’s Hub;
  • Renewal of Council’s extensive network of off road bicycle paths for $2 million over the next three years;
  • A contribution of $0.68 million to complete the $4.6 million redevelopment of the Reservoir library;

Nine playgrounds will also be upgraded and replaced as part of Council’s $0.57 million Playspace Renewal Program.

Regional winners compete in Queensland Architecture Awards

On Friday 21 June the best of the best architectural projects from around the state will be unveiled at the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2013 Queensland Architecture Awards.

Following seven regional awards ranging from the far north to the south border, the ocean to the desert between March and May, 186 entries were reviewed by the regional juries resulting in 85 projects receiving a Regional Commendation and an opportunity to be recognised in the State Awards.

Eligible projects are vying for Named Awards, Architecture Awards and Commendations in commercial, enduring, heritage, interior, public, residential, small project, sustainable and urban design categories along with the COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture with Named Award and Architecture Award winners advancing to the National Architecture Awards to be held in Sydney on Thursday 7 November.

In addition, the Queensland Art & Architecture Prize, acknowledging the relationship between the two design disciplines, will be presented at the ceremony.

The 2013 state jury were led by Awards Jury Director Mark Damant, Principal at Woods Bagot and included Deputy Awards Jury Director Liam Proberts, Principal at bureau^proberts along with jurors Eloise Atkinson, Principal of Deicke Richards Architects and Paul Curran, Principal at PUSH Architects.

The celebratory dinner has been curated by Creative Director, KIRK (formerly Richard Kirk Architect) and will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 7pm.

For a list of all Regional Commendation winners visit

Elegance and harmony triumph at 2013 Victorian Architecture Awards

Forty-two entries from a field of 240 have been honoured in the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2013 Victorian Architecture Awards at a special presentation evening tonight.

The state’s top award of the night, the Victorian Architecture Medal was awarded to RMIT Design Hub by Sean Godsell Architects in association with Peddle Thorp Architects for its expression of the purity of an architectural idea in an elegant and harmonised composition’.

‘RMIT Design Hub adds great value to the diversity of Melbourne’s proud reputation in fostering strong and individualistic design,’ the jury proclaimed.

Home to RMIT’s diverse range of design research and post graduate education, the Design Hub was also awarded two Named Awards by the juries, the COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture and the top public architecture honour, the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture.

In total, 11 Named Awards, 20 Architecture Awards and 21 Commendations were presented on the night in addition to the prestigious Victorian Architecture Medal, Melbourne Prize, Regional Prize and the Bates Smart Awards for Architecture in the Media.

Sean Godsell Architects was also awarded the highest accolade in the Residential Architecture – Houses category, the Harold Desbrowe-Annear Award for Residential Architecture with Edward Street House.

‘The property has been sliced and divided into exquisitely proportioned interior and garden spaces. Each extends into the other, creating a seamless amenity and high degree of privacy and transparency. As poetic as it is rational, this house is beautifully robust,’ the jury reflected.

A sensitive redevelopment of one of Melbourne’s unique heritage performance venues, Hamer Hall by ARM Architecture was praised by the Interior Architecture jury for ‘skilfully accentuating the heritage qualities of the building while at the same time creating a stunning landmark addition to the Yarra River precinct’.

Hamer Hall’s revitalisation was recognised with the Marion Mahony Award for Interior Architecture and the John George Knight Award for Heritage Architecture.

The restrained strategy to use bronze to express the new works offers legibility between old and new fabric and reflects the original architect’s (Sir Roy Grounds) approach to an enduring materiality. This skifully resolved civic architecture respects the legacy of Grounds’ raw exterior and John Truscott’s plush interior for future generations,’ the Heritage jury said.

The Sir Osborn McCutcheon Award for Commercial Architecture went to the Crown Mahogany Room Expansion by Bates Smart.

‘We were impressed by the commitment and rigour shown by both client and architect in creating an internationally leading venue. Elaborately detailed and meticulously executed, the over-scaled corrugations in the city facade curate views into the heart of the interior while allowing casino patrons spectacular views of the Melbourne skyline,’ noted the Commercial Architecture jury.

The Allan and Beth Coldicutt Award for Sustainable Architecture was selected from the entire field of entries and was awarded to Crofthouse by James Stockwell Architect.

‘Quite early in the assessment process a single project emerged from the crowd to announce itself with a clear voice above all others. Subsequently, throughout a rigorous process, that project remained to become a unanimous, clear leader and as fresh as the new day. At the heart of the brief and throughout design and construction, Crofthouse presented new design ideas which offered a more sustainable future for the planet.’

McIntyre Drive Social Housing, Altona by MGS Architects received the Best Overend Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing.

‘Social sustainability has been deeply considered by the architects, resulting in a non-institutional response that provides an exemplar for social housing and homes for many clearly happy residents.’

The Melbourne Prize and Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design were bestowed on BKK/TCL Partnership for Revitalising Central Dandenong, Lonsdale St Redevelopment.

‘The urban details, planting, pocket parks, plazas and re-found street life make it an urban design exemplar. The Dandenong project is a very fine model, widely applicable for transformational urban renewal strategy throughout Australia.’

Rebuilt following the 2009 bushfires, the Marysville 16 Hour Police Station by Kerstin Thompson Architects forms part of the re-establishment of the town centre, ‘The Marysville Heart’ and was the recipient of the 2013 Regional Prize.

‘The combination of mature composition, clever planning and geometry, along with a soaring spirit, make this building a wonderful addition to a town that deserves great architecture.

Nest Architects’ Seventh Heaven project is the fitout of seven student rooms on a new level seven, within the existing roof space of a Romberg Boyd student residential tower at Ormond College, University of Melbourne and received the Kevin Borland Award for Small Project Architecture.

‘This is a student garret, designer style and a worthy recipient of the inaugural Kevin Borland Award for small building works.’
The Enduring Architecture Award was presented to ICI House 1958 (now Orica House) by Bates Smart & McCutcheon.

Two projects were awarded a National Bates Smart Award for Architecture in the Media, Dream Build by ABC TV and Future Practice:

Conversations from the Edge of Architecture by Rory Hyde. Justine Clark received a State Bates Smart Award for Architecture in the Media for Parlour: women, architecture, equity.

Projects that received a Named Award or an Architecture Award now progress to the 2013 National Architecture Awards to be announced in Sydney on 7 November.

Peak industry body welcomes South Australia open ideas design competition

The Australian Institute of Architects’ South Australian Chapter has welcomed today’s announcement by South Australian Premier, Hon Jay Weatherill for a design-led engagement process for the existing Royal Adelaide Hospital site.

Led by the Office for Design and Architecture SA (ODASA), which has continued the work of the former Integrated Design Commission SA (IDC) in partnership with Renewal SA, the competition will involve extensive collaboration and consultation with community and interested parties for this significant Adelaide site.

South Australian President of the Institute, Steve Grieve, believes ‘the competition provides excellent opportunities for architects to partner with the community to create a legacy for future generations.

‘This is a great opportunity to raise the level of public awareness and debate about the important roles architecture and design play in the future of our city. I am pleased that the government is taking a measured and comprehensive approach to the future of this very important site.’

Immediate Past President of the Institute, Shelley Penn, will lead an independent judging panel to assess the initial design concepts that will be submitted by registered architects and landscape architects from both Australia and overseas.

In addition to being an open competition, which allows for increased input into the precinct, key features of the brief include compulsory integration of the Greater Riverbank Precinct and the city in submitted designs as well as mandatory collaboration with local firms for stage two entrants.

The competition is part of a broader public engagement strategy that continues the work of the IDC’s 5000+ design approach for inner Adelaide.

The Institute strongly advocates for the use of proper planning processes for major civic areas and will work closely with the competition administrators and government to ensure the employment of world’s best practice competition guidelines and appropriate master planning strategies for the site.

Following the design competition a master plan for the precinct will be developed by the state government, guided by the successful submissions.

The Institute will review the competition guidelines and brief before making an official statement of endorsement.