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2017 Gold Coast/Northern Rivers Regional Architecture Awards

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Gold Coast/Northern Rivers Jury Visits 28 Feb - 2 Mar
Gold Coast/Northern Rivers Regional Architecture Awards Event Friday 3 March

2017 Gold Coast/Northern Rivers Regional Architecture Awards Results

 

The Coomera Sports and Leisure Centre by BDA Architecture with Peddle Thorp Architects (Melbourne) has taken out the Building of the Year Award in the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2017 Gold Coast/Northern Rivers Regional Architecture Awards. 

In awarding the project the jury noted that it ‘balances the functional requirements of the Commonwealth Games while leaving a profound legacy of a sophisticated and usable multipurpose facility. The enormity of the articulated steel framed “shed” hovers above the ground with confidence, this building is both elegant and robust.’

House of the Year was awarded to Byron Bay House and Studio by Vokes and Peters, which the jury praised as a ‘single level, delicate and highly crafted home’ that was both ‘tranquil and tactile without the typical beach house preoccupations.’ The jury said, ‘the interiors are articulated purposefully with air and light within the constraints of a deep and wide floor plan. It is both sensitive and generous, connected and layered.’

Burleigh Street House by ME won Regional Project of the Year, an honour bestowed to an exceptional project by a local architect. The jury described the project as ‘a reworking of a small brick bungalow creating a fine sequence of connected indoor and outdoor spaces. The three connected pavilions intelligently incorporating existing building fabric create open rooms engaged with garden areas while secure from the street.’

In addition to the Building of the Year, Regional Project of the Year and House of the Year, the jury awarded ten Regional Commendations (listed below) from 15 entries, with commended projects now progressing to the Queensland State Architecture Awards to be announced on 23 June in Brisbane.


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Results
The Star Gold Coast: Existing Hotel Refurbishment ML Design and Steelman Partners (USA) Regional Commendation
St Ambrose Primary School Pat Twohill Designs in association with Twohill and James Regional Commendation
Naranga Avenue House James Russell Architect Regional Commendation
Elements of Byron Shane Thompson Architects Regional Commendation
Coomera Sports and Leisure Centre BDA Architecture with Peddle Thorp Architects (Melbourne) Building of the Year *
Burleigh Street House ME Regional Project of the Year* + People's Choice
Luke & Amanda's Beach House Scott Carpenter Architect Regional Commendation
Whale House Paul Uhlmann Architects Regional Commendation
Byron Bay House and Studio Vokes and Peters House of the Year*
KDV Golf and Tennis Academy, Gold Coast Shiro Architects Pty Ltd Regional Commendation
*Also received a Regional Commendation. 

All Regional Commendations will now proceed to the State Level with results announced at the 2017 QLD State Architecture Awards on Friday 23 June 2017 in Brisbane. 

2017 Gold Coast/Northern Rivers Regional Architecture Awards Citations

 

Somerset College, Sports Precinct
Conrad Gargett

The Somerset College sports precinct establishes a new functional sports focused western zone for the school. A covered grand stair, stretched across the sloping terrain connects down to a new central grassed circulation spine. The works include a multi purpose activities hall and gym, and new swimming pool grandstand and function room.


The Star Gold Coast: Existing Hotel Refurbishment
ML Design and Steelman Partners (USA)

The Star Hotel refurbishment provides new planning arrangements, improved amenity and finishes to guest rooms at the iconic Gold Coast Jupiters casino. The elegant rejuvenation has changed the spatial sense, quality and feel of the accommodation. Dextrously achieved in a tight time frame with the hotel continuing to function.


Border Haus
Happy Haus

A requirement that the home must have the ability to be relocated, is a difficult brief to fill.  The Border House is a clever, prefabricated modular configuration prioritising flexibility for the residents and guests.  The program pushes the boundaries of a factory build while still maintaining honest well-proportioned spaces.


St Ambrose Primary School
Pat Twohill Designs in association with Twohill and James

St Ambrose Primary School is an impressive exploration of modern learning facilities wrapped around an open, grassed central courtyard. The buildings are clever and elegant in organisation.  A pure and simple material pallet results in uncluttered spaces and opportunities for the children's work to be expressed.


Castle's on Kingscliff
Scott Carpenter Architect

Important and consistent references to family and travel are integral to the planning and detailing in this home. The spiral stair is a nodal point and lantern giving back to the street. This emblematic staircase provides a comfortable journey that ties multiple living functions over the three levels.


Naranga Avenue House
James Russell Architect

Naranga Avenue House is a provocative exploration of suburban residential typology using white clay bricks on edge as a contemporary 'breeze block' enclosing screen. The simple rectangular form is sited mid block allowing generous front and rear yards. Ground floor living spaces gather around an indoor/outdoor courtyard open to the sky.


Elements of Byron
Shane Thompson Architects

A slow and subtle architectural response to a complex site has been both successful and meaningful.  A deep understanding of the sensitive terrain and ecology results in the low, organic form. The individual accommodation modules are softly inserted into the landscape creating a delightful discovery of hidden luxury.
 

Coomera Sports and Leisure Centre
BDA Architecture with Peddle Thorp Architects (Melbourne)

The Coomera Sports and Leisure Centre balances the functional requirements of the Commonwealth Games needs whilst leaving a profound legacy of a sophisticated and usable multipurpose facility. The enormity of the articulated steel framed 'shed' hovers above the ground with confidence, this building is both elegant and robust.


Gold Coast Private Hospital
dwp|suters

The Gold Coast Private Hospital elevates the level of care and operational efficiency expected in a clinical context. It is modelled on a boutique hotel experience. Natural light is directed into every bed, communal space and operating theatre, this results in a calm health focused series of spaces.



Burleigh Street House
ME

Burleigh Street House sits on a busy corner in Gold Coast suburbia, is a reworking of a small brick bungalow creating a fine sequence of connected indoor and outdoor spaces. The three connected pavilions intelligently incorporating existing building fabric create open rooms engaged with garden areas while secure from the street.


Luke & Amanda's Beach House
Scott Carpenter Architect

Luke and Amanda's Beach House is a joyous collaboration between architect and owner builder creating a white, light filled, airy and generous home, inspired by Hampton's style. A circulation slot running the length of the house connects lower level living spaces with upper level bedrooms.


Whale House
Paul Uhlmann Architects

This home is delicately crafted and responsive to the coastal climate of Kingscliff. The clarity in the spatial organisation is based on a central boardwalk guarded by a delicate and robust screen. The balance of light and shade within the home is peaceful.


Byron Bay House and Studio
Vokes and Peters

This single level, delicate and highly crafted home in Byron Bay is tranquil and tactile without the typical beach house preoccupations. The interiors are articulated purposefully with air and light purposefully within the constraints of a deep and wide floor plan. It is both sensitive and generous, connected and layered.


KDV Golf and Tennis Academy, Gold Coast
Shiro Architects Pty Ltd

KDV is a new multipurpose leisure facility that caters for golfers, tennis players and the local community. A slender transparent building, with an elegant entry sequence, is rigorous in its geometry and articulated spatial organisation. This building is honest in its approach and has nothing to hide.



 


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