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2016 Queensland State Architecture Awards Event

This annual event is an opportunity for our members, architects, clients, design professionals and the broader community to come together and celebrate what we love about architecture, as we announce the results of the State Architecture Awards. 

Date: Friday 24 June

Venue: Plaza Ballroom, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Merivale St, South Brisbane

Creative Director: phorm architecture + design

The Queensland Chapter would like to thank all those who were able to attend the 2016 State Architecture Awards Event including the following VIP guests; Hon Jackie Trad MP, Malcolm Middleton OAM, Don & Elin Rivers, Jennifer Cunich, Helen Lochhead, Phil Griffiths, Dr Jim Conner & Faith Taylor.

Click Here for Deputy Premier, Hon Jackie Trad MP address to guests.

We would also like to thanks all those who contributed to the Awards Program as Jurors, with special thanks to Michael Lavery (State Awards Jury Director), Alice Hampson (State Awards Jury Deputy Director), Brian Hooper & Tony Jemmott (State Awards Jurors).

Finally, we also congratulate the entrants who entered this year with particularly mention to the following who were recognised on the night.

2016 Queensland State Architecture Awards Entries & Results


All Named Awards & State Awards within each Category will now vie for recognition at the National Architecture Awards to be announced in November.

The Australian Institute of Architecture Art & Architecture Prize (QLD)
The Button Event Kevin O'Brien Architects

The Button Event
(Kevin O’Brien Architects)
A formidable stage production which represents the intense creative process between architect, director and production team.  The space of the stage acts as receptacle of the solo performer’s mental world. The most minimalist staging of props inventively expand and contract perceptions of space through both time and scale.

Commercial Architecture
Cape York Partnership Offices Kevin O'Brien Architects State Award
Centre for Children's Health Research HASSELL State Award
Prospect Place Steendÿk State Award
General Electric Headquarters, Springfield Conrad Gargett
Ormuz Specialist Eye Clinic Loucas Zahos Architects State Award
Griffith University Student Guild Uni Bar & Link Refurbishment Push Beatrice Hutton Award for Commercial Architecture
Rainbow Valley Early Leaning Centre BEAT Architects State Commendation
Hear and Say Centre Head Office - Project Possibility The Buchan Group
Cowboys Leagues Club Arkhefield

Cape York Partnership Offices
(Kevin O’Brien Architects)
A robust palette of external materials transitions into a delightful open plan office looking into an internal landscape court.  Symbolism in pattern and materials together with the tweaking of detailing and natural filtered light attribute to the project’s success.  Passive cooling principles make this an exemplar sustainable, modern aesthetic office.

Centre for Children’s Health Research (HASSELL)
Wonderful mix of materials and patterns repeated throughout this programmatically complex building, from external façade to internal motif, and through the play of shadows and light from the external screen. The open floor plates, internal stair, and communal spaces exemplify generosity and openness.  Elegantly detailed and expertly resolved.

Prospect Place (Steendÿk)
The eclectic mix of materials used in this rescued rail worker’s cottage, are deftly combined with inventive detailing to achieve a flexible programme of residence, workspace, and showroom. Sustainable design principles, and consideration of later expansion, greatly contribute to the future commercial viability of the building and its site.

General Electric Headquarters, Springfield (Conrad Gargett)
GE headquarters is a well detailed D+C office in Springfield. The fan shape plan allows views to the north and welcomes the public park into its realm. A large pergola at roof level filters light and provides protection to the public domain. Sunscreens activate the façade and control the program.

Ormuz Specialist Eye Clinic (Loucas Zahos Architects)
An exquisitely refined commercial building set on a long vacant Caloundra block. The Ormuz Spe-cialist Eye Clinic provides a fitting professional backdrop for its intricate and exacting medical use. It's forest of exterior columns and carefully detailed Glass, Timber, and Aluminium cladding give the building a filtered skin suitable for its occupants. The simple but striking roofline with its clean and fine edge provides a strong Civic presence. The building is both confident in itself and the fu-ture of Caloundra.

Griffith University Student Guild University Bar and Link Refurbishment  (Push) 
The Link student facility at Griffith on the Gold Coast is a positive intervention.  It links the main street and the heart of the campus in a well resolved correlation of uses and space. The aesthetic treatment extends the existing palette and brand of the University in a mature design response.  

Rainbow Valley Early Learning Centre (BEAT Architects)
The Rainbow Valley Early Learning Centre extension is a serendipitous response to the vision of the client, manifesting the children's notion of the 'forest' in angled poles around the building and play spaces.  A multiplicity of informal view lines from inside ensure the visibility and safety of children throughout. 

Hear and Say Centre Head Office - Project Possibility (The Buchan Group)
A much-needed institution with a strong humanitarian calling and vision has found a home in a well-considered adaptive reuse of obsolete educational buildings. The cooperation and mission of architect and client have created a sophisticated facility which competently incorporates social, architectural, experiential, functional and technical aspects.

Cowboys Leagues Club (Arkhefield)
The project reactivates a pivotal corner site along Flinders Street providing an engaging frontage and welcoming entry as an extension to the opposing civic plaza.  The Club interior offers quality finishes, detailing and furnishings providing an upmarket hotel-like experience, appealing to a broad demographic of a proud community.

Educational Architecture
Gladstone State High School Year 7 Block TVS architects
CQU Health Clinic Extension Reddog Architects Pty Ltd State Commendation
John Livingston Building, English Humanities, Kirwan State High School Deicke Richards
Cavendish Road State High School Year 7 Centre arkLAB Architecture
All Hallows' School, Mary Place Wilson Architects
Learning Innovation Building at the University of Queensland Richard Kirk Architect State Award
St Brendan's Catholic Primary School, Stage 1 Bold Architecture + Interior Design
Kimberley College Year 7 Flying Start Project Guymer Bailey Architects
TAS Science Facility Charles Wright Architects Jennifer Taylor Award for Educational Architecture

Gladstone State High School Year 7 Block
(TVS architects)
The Gladstone State High School Year 7 Block is an appropriately robust response to the client brief and budget using an austere palette of materials. The building has a substantial presence, with logical spatial connectivity, common open spaces and generous, colourful and active 'edges' for circulation.

CQU Health Clinic Extension (Reddog Architects Pty Ltd)
The CQU Health Clinic expansion integrates both the professional requirements of external parties, and a public interface, with the University’s learning objects. Sky-lighting, spatial interplay and a palette of natural colours bring a sophisticated quality to circulation spaces and a fresh sensibility to the healthcare typology.

John Livingston Building, English Humanities, Kirwan State High School (Deicke Richards)
The John Livingston Building provides Kirwan State High School with a strong community address and, reinforces the school’s vision, to provide educational excellence to tomorrow’s citizens.  Within John Livingston building, one finds students and staff obviously enjoying their new state of the art learning and staff spaces.

Cavendish Road State High School Year 7 Centre (arkLAB Architecture)
Cavendish Road High School Year 7 Centre building is a strong and resolute architectural response to a predetermined and highly prescriptive program. The carefully detailed and rigorously articulated entry spaces represent the success of the political and artistic challenges of this building.

All Hallows' School, Mary Place (Wilson Architects)
All Hallows’ School Mary Place is a well tempered, carefully considered courtyard building accentuating and celebrating the enduring history of its context. From the malleable shaping of the walkway and balustrade to the grid of badged buttons on the eastern screen this building exudes ‘commodity, firmness and delight’

Learning Innovation Building at the University of Queensland (Richard Kirk Architect)
The Learning Innovation Building elegantly responds to its location as part of the Great Court Complex, constructing a series of meaningful spaces through a form sensitive to its context. This beautifully detailed and executed building is a masterful expression of its function, utilising the opportunity for views, vistas and materiality.

St Brendan’s Catholic Primary School, Stage 1 (Bold Architecture + Interior Design)
Stage 1 of St. Brendon's Catholic Primary School's master plan demonstrates creative improvements upon existing models. This overall concept sees the school as 'mini-city' with public buildings defining public spaces and colours assisting way finding.  Innovations in the arrangement and features of the classrooms engage their use by students. 

Kimberley College Year 7 Flying Start Project (Guymer Bailey Architects)
The Kimberley College Year 7 Flying Start Project is sensitively located within an established landscape. The gently curving plan opens to the northern aspect maximising passive gains while providing comfort for students and staff alike. Lightweight construction combines with a thoughtful material palette to deliver a delightful setting.

TAS Science Facility (Charles Wright Architects)
The building façade features a twisting steel sunshade of structural purlins.  Science symbolist experiments inspired the design which is open to interpretation as helix, slinky or apparatus. Innovative and cutting edge, this new science facility for Trinity Anglican School is a new prototype for educational buildings in the tropics.

Solar Verandah - Manly Heritage House PHAB Architects
Former Pioneer Shire Council Building, Mackay Conrad Gargett State Award
Bayside Fire Station Owen Architecture Don Roderick Award for Heritage
Victoria Bridge Abutment Structure BW Architects State Commendation

Solar Verandah - Manly Heritage House
(PHAB Architects)
A commendable, restrained addition to a State Heritage listed seaside residence. Sophisticated detailing of the rear verandah and uniquely designed PV roof provide a delightful liminal space between interior and ground leisure spaces. The careful reconstruction of the entrance stair completes the presentation of the house to the street.

Former Pioneer Shire Council Building, Mackay (Conrad Gargett) 
Limited preservation was proposed for the derelict Former Pioneer Shire Council Building.  Clever financial management systematically gained approvals for increasing the scope of works.  In engaging further interest it is now used by a 'not for profit' community organisation, the beautifully restored building is now a valuable community resource.

Bayside Fire Station (Owen Architecture)
An elegant response to the original fabric of Wynnum Fire Station. The strong streetscape is maintained by concentrating change to the rear, where a new internal volume inventively makes connection between upper floor and ground integrating the existing outdoor stair and lower floor fire engine bay for family living.

Victoria Bridge Abutment Structure (BW Architects)
A well-executed project which suitably defers to the Victoria Bridge Abutment Structure.  The new bridge link negotiates complex and competing requirements between both Victoria Bridge and Abutment Structure, opening up the significant heritage plinth to passing traffic.  The project tastefully manages the material language between new and old. 

Interior Architecture
Snelleman Tom Office Fitout TONIC Design
Centre for Children's Health Research HASSELL G.H.M. Addison Award for Interior Architecture
Ostwald Brothers Harry Poulos Architects
UnitingCare Queensland HASSELL State Commendation
Virgin Australia Airport Lounge, Brisbane Tonkin Zulaikha Greer State Award
Queensland University of Technology Q Block Redevelopment dwp|suters State Commendation
Woods Bagot Brisbane Studio Woods Bagot State Commendation
University of Queensland Oral Health Centre Cox Rayner Architects with Hames Sharley and Conrad Gargett Riddel State Award
ALTA Main Beach Willemsen Architecture State Commendation
Brisbane International Airport Retail Upgrade Arkhefield and Richards & Spence in Collaboration
Stella Maris Catholic Church Straw & Dunne Pty ltd, & PMGArchitect

Snelleman Tom Office Fitout
(TONIC Design)
This client focussed, egalitarian and paperless environment, uses economical materials, simple design ideas and a limited colour palette. A deep understanding of materials and space planning elevates it to where staff and client’s needs are understood and met, a business’s expectations are exceeded and change management is enabled. The simplicity, flexibility and continuity belies the thoughtfulness of this fitout which was achieved at an impressively low cost.     

Centre for Children's Health Research (HASSELL)
Home to multiple research stakeholders a strong design framework permeates from an urban scale to joinery detail. An apparently austere façade reveals a fine filigree motif that recurs to enable balanced management of light, views and transparency with privacy for neighbours. Community and identity are achieved with visual and physical access to foster integration through capacious communal spaces with city views. The coalescence of a large varied cohort is achieved in a self-assured communal identity that works equally for all. 

Ostwald Brothers (Harry Poulos Architects)
Ostwald Brothers headquarters reuses an old industrial building. Offices are located on the upper level, freeing up the ground for a double height space planned like a café. The reuse of the brick shell preserves a scale, grain and character important to West End and the communal space encourages interaction between different parts of the company in a casual and relaxed way.

UnitingCare Queensland (HASSELL)
The project skilfully subverts typical CBD workplace design to create playful, inviting, modest, yet well-crafted spaces for this large organisation. The design brings together varied and once geographically scattered departments into a humanistic, collaborative environment that speaks to the client’s philosophy and core business while injecting a fresh, vibrant quality to their identity.

Virgin Australia Airport Lounge, Brisbane  (Tonkin Zulaikha Greer)
When you get there you know you’ve arrived. This new lounge for the upwardly-mobile evokes a sense of drama and wonder using a finely designed and crafted ceiling pattern that weaves and morphs seamlessly through the lounge navigating and incorporating services with great skill. The counter point to the dramatic escalator arrival has you hovering and nestling just below the ‘clouds’ in an appropriately aspirational organic fitout incorporating a glimpse of the sky.

Queensland University of Technology Q Block Redevelopment (dwp|suters)
The architects understanding of the client, the site and opportunities AND their ability to articulate a substantial value-add morphed a smaller refurbishment into an extensive redevelopment. Reimagining, re-orienting and a strong identifying portal achieve a considered re-use of fabric, increasing efficiency and decreasing future capital expense. Enhanced way finding, higher transparency and clever use of timber and colour significantly raise the user experience in this services-heavy facility with simple well-crafted interventions.

Woods Bagot Brisbane Studio (Woods Bagot)
Woods Bagot’s Brisbane office facing King George Square impressively leaves the public space unencumbered by any signage. Instead, via careful control of transparency, they put their workplace on display. This strategy is continued in the lobby, communal spaces, meeting rooms and open plan workspace. The detailing supports the overall strategy to deliver a restrained but confident outcome. 

University of Queensland Oral Health Centre 
(Cox Rayner Architects with Hames Sharley and Conrad Gargett Riddel)
UQ Oral Health is welcoming and approachable, a quality easily lost in facilities of this scale. The entry sequence is engaging with its pockets of carefully detailed spaces.  Innovative back-of-house planning delivers key spaces such as the dental suites at a human scale. Key sightlines to the outside provide orientation and a layering of spaces that is peaceful and calming.

Alta Main Beach (Willemsen Architects)  
This housing typology is a positive addition to the urban scale and context of the existing streetscape.  Attention to detail within the entry spaces has created delightful moments within the buildings.  There is a thoughtfulness in material selection and detailing of the interior spaces that is assembled with order and beauty.

Brisbane International Airport Retail Upgrade (Arkhefield and Richards & Spence in Collaboration)
The conceptual framework for this project of the ‘Queensland civic outdoor room’ has been explored with care and humour to create an engaging and memorable experience for visitors to the state. Well managed manipulation of the scale of loose and fixed furniture, vegetation, structure and materials sits comfortably within the space and enhances the qualities of the existing building’s architectural expression and volume.

Stella Maris  Catholic Church (Straw and Dunne pty ltd and PMG architect) 
Stella Maris Broadbeach is a place of worship that announces a strong presence to the community it serves.  A strong collaboration with parishioners produced a building that captures a part of its site and its beachfront setting within permeable walls. The church is a welcome reminder of the way our cities were formed.   

Public Architecture
Casino Aboriginal Medical Service Kevin O'Brien Architects in association with AECOM
The Condensery - Somerset Regional Art Gallery PHAB Architects State Award
Helensvale Library and CCYC Complete Urban and Lahz Nimmo Architects in Association State Award
Influencing Community Dion Seminara Architecture and COBiE Group
University of Queensland Oral Health Centre Cox Rayner Architects with Hames Sharley and Conrad Gargett Riddel F.D.G. Stanley Award for Public Architecture
Brisbane CityCat Ferry Terminals Renewal Cox Rayner Architects with Aurecon State Award
ELF 2B - Enhanced Land Force Stage 2 Phase 2B Gymnasium and Pool BVN Conrad Gargett
Anglican Church of St James the Fisherman ThomsonAdsett

The Casino Aboriginal Medical Service
(Kevin O'Brien Architects in association with AECOM)  
The Casino Aboriginal Medical Centre provides a tangible connection to the earth and sky from almost all parts of the facility. Sourcing bricks and timber from within the Bundjalung tribal lands and the use of these materials in floors walls and ceilings reinforces the connection to country. The facility recognises the role of staff as providers and end users, and creates a special workspace that is connected, collaborative and respectful of their role.

The Condensery – Somerset Regional Art Gallery (PHAB Architects)
Although this 1920s remnant shed of the former condensed milk factory in Toogoolawah had no legislative heritage protection, its adaptive reuse has been sensitively handled, using established conservation principles. The project’s careful consideration of light and amenity concealed within the outline of the original structure is a triumph.

Helensvale Library and CCYC (Complete Urban and Lahz Nimmo Architects in Association)
Resultant of a strategic consultation process the Helensvale Library creates a public square and neighbourhood room on the edge of a retail plaza.  Bordered on three sides by a busy road and carparking the library forges a crosssite link and provides for; solace, community gatherings, performance and play.

Influencing Community (Dion Seminara Architecture and COBiE Group)
Saints Peter and Paul church of has been revitalised to reflect the vibrancy of flourishing Bulimba. There is now a central and optimistic celebratory place. Materials, patterns and sensitive and effective lighting combine in harmony and engage lightly, respectfully with the eclectic architecture of the Harry Marks church.

University of Queensland Oral Health Centre 
(Cox Rayner Architects with Hames Sharley and Conrad Gargett Riddel)
UQ – Oral Health Centre is a large project that overcomes a challenging site context with flair. The provision of administrative, teaching and clinical spaces is explored through section along with an extensive consideration of material and finish. Collaborative student spaces together with a public interface establish a unique benchmark.

Brisbane CityCat Ferry Terminals Renewal (Cox Rayner Architects with Aurecon)
The rebuilding of Brisbane’s flood destroyed ferry terminals is achieved with innovative mechanical and maritime engineering design, seamlessly and stylishly integrated to speak of a confident and sophisticated River City. Native flora landscape is well integrated and connecting bridges and entry portals create both comfortable nooks and dramatic sweeping spaces. 

ELF 2B - Enhanced Land Force Stage 2 Phase 2B Gymnasium and Pool (BVN Conrad Gargett)
Three rectangular buildings, a swimming pool, indoor courts and workout rooms, form a courtyard around a fig tree at Enoggera Barracks. Plain, robust and economical architecture provides an appropriate sense of order. A deceptively simple indoor pool hall, crisp and white, is created by concise glazed edge design. 

Anglican Church of St James The Fisherman (ThomsonAdsett)
The Anglican Church of St James the Fisherman utilises an axis focussing inwards from the entry to the sanctuary and altar with stunning views of the ocean beyond.  Subsequently, the interior provides an uplifting experience enhanced by the articulation of the ceiling and clerestory windows.

Residential Architecture - Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Bardon Residence Kieron Gait Architects
Chapel Hill House Reddog Architects Pty Ltd Elina Mottram Award for
Residential Architecture - Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Sunday House TEELAND ARCHITECTS State Award
The Terraced House Shaun Lockyer Architects
Plywood Box Flat majstorovic architecture State Commendation
60s Modern Jamison Architects
Carrick-Stalker House Architectus and LookOUT Design
Monaco Renovation Paul Uhlmann Architects State Commendation
Project Zero BVN State Award
Wooloowin House Owen Architecture
Camp Hill Extension Nielsen Workshop & Morgan Jenkins Architecture
The Pavillions 9point9 Architects

Bardon Residence
(Kieron Gait Architects)
Repositioning the main stair of the house as a central skylight void is the key planning manoeuvre in this project’s success. The transformed lower level celebrates its ‘undercroft-ness’ with dark, warm, material selections, amplifying its backyard connection. Thoughtful detailing acknowledges previous renovation work, resulting in moments of delight.

Chapel Hill House (Reddog Architects Pty Ltd)
Reimagining the modernist original, considered planning and a veiled screen provide this house with softness and articulation. The approach and journey through the house balances public, private and combined family occupation. Interlocking volumes, passive climatic controls and a humble, familiar material palette anchor this home to its site.

Sunday House (Teeland Architects)
Sunday House adapts a 1970's brick building to better utilise its unique location backing onto Noosa national park. With minimal alterations to the plan form it manages to completely trans-form the character of the house by cleverly addressing the issue of providing outlook to the rear of the property without significantly impacting the existing structure. The external skin of timber bat-tens complements its backdrop and provides a visual filter to the street edge.

The Terraced House (Shaun Lockyer Architects)
Reconnecting with the neighbourhood, an alternative solution is offered to flood prone sites. Planning and detailing below the floodline connects the ground level rooms and the front yard to the street. A new datum above the floodline locates the living spaces and reimagined backyard. This approach empowers sustainability. 

Plywood Box Flat (majstorovic architecture)
In a new approach to the traditional Queensland, build-in-under, this small self-contained unit combines a remnant masonry wall, slab and drainage, with ply flooring, walls and ceiling to create a warm welcoming space.  The modular sheet set-out and material junctions have been particularly resolved to produce an interior with joinery like qualities.

60’s Modern (Jamison Architects)  
Well-crafted views of the stunning coastline have been beautifully captured as have the connections to the hill and natural bushland setting of the site.  Patterned screens now edit the foreground, engaging immediately with the views beyond.  Rigorous planning and reworking of the original dwelling has rewarded the owners with a home that is engaging and pleasurable to inhabit.

Carrick-Stalker House (Architectus and LookOUT Design)
Repurposing the rear of the original cottage to a double-storey light-filled volume invites the water terrace and backyard into everyday living. The interplay between floor levels, ceiling volume, colour, finish and texture establish individual rooms which borrow from neighbouring areas to achieve a generosity of space and comfort.

Monaco Renovation (Paul Uhlmann Architects) 
The original 1960’s architect designed riverfront home is a now rare example of the Gold Coast vernacular. This intervention is respectful and restrained and completely successful in creating a desirable 21st Century home for its long-term owners.

Project Zero (BVN)
A central grassed court, defined by a recycled hardwood timber trellis, is the focus of a progression of indoor and outdoor rooms crafted for family living and entertaining. Recycled materials and sustainable design principles are thoughtfully deployed throughout and are essential ingredients of the project’s character and warmth.

Wooloowin House (Owen Architecture)
This renovation project challenges the usual build-in-under typology. The largely unspecified programme is ordered by changes in level, encouraging flexible inhabitation. An earthen-like terrain, combined with simple carpentry and screening, evoke a nostalgic sense of the cool, bare-dirt under-croft spaces typical of original Queenslander houses.

Camp Hill Extension (Nielsen Workshop & Morgan Jenkins Architecture)
Defining a new entry to house, this crafted pavilion functions as a reimagined verandah, unwrapping from the original house to enfold the backyard terrace. Oversized ceiling joists and the clever manipulation of ceiling volumes provides subtle transitions between inside and out, new and old, public and private.

The Pavilions (9point9 Architects)
Sophisticated Parisian living meets Maggie Island life!  Tailored to suit the specific needs of the owners, precious interior spaces are protected from the elements with cleverly layered battened walls. Carefully arranged Pavilions frame beautiful views between granite boulders and hoop pines from Nobby Headland.

Residential Architecture - Houses (Multiple Housing)
The Hub on Echlin architects north State Award
Brighton Twin Set Push Job & Froud Award for
Residential Architecture – Houses (Multiple Housing)
Bothwell Street Arkhefield State Award
Botanica Residences Rothelowman
Macquarie Street Residences Arqus Design

The Hub on Echlin
(architects north)
Shop top living at its tropical best!  Affordable living and working within discernible spaces: a shop for working and an apartment for living.  This exemplary contemporary building sits comfortably within one of Townsville’s oldest suburbs.  Constructed as a kit-of-parts that talk inspiringly to its quirky West End community.

Brighton Twin Set (Push)
The once dilapidated block of flats is respectfully recomposed to provide two generous dwellings. Informed by the building’s history, the new work is harmonious with the original. The plan retains the existing spatial sequence, with a new ground level programme that increases the building’s connection to its site.

Bothwell Street (Arkhefield)
These 57 single bedroom social housing units balance affordability and build quality, whilst respecting scale in its suburban setting. Individuality is cleverly achieved through colour and detailing. The two separate blocks allow for natural ventilation and a central landscaped space which encourages social interaction.

Botanica Residences (Rothelowman)
Mediating the complex transition between fine grain and high density, Botanica Residences invigorates what was an industrial area by creating an extension of the West End precinct with a distinctly urban feel. This catalyst project provides a detailed integration of the ground floor public realm, revitalising the streetscape.

Macquarie Street Residences (Arqus Design)
The Macquarie St residences project cleverly transforms the last of the Teneriffe heritage listed Wool stores into luxury apartments, without any disturbance to the lower floor neighbours.
To overcome the hydraulic challenges, raised timber floor planes modulate the spaces into a delightfully playful interior.

Residential Architecture - Houses (New)
Central Avenue Vokes and Peters (with Owen and Vokes and Peters) State Commendation
Hinterland House Shaun Lockyer Architects
Platypus Bend House Robinson Architects
2A Concrete Shane Denman Architects State Award
Fifth Avenue O'Neill Architecture
House in Hamilton phorm architecture + design with Tato Architects State Award
Montville Residence 2 Sparks Architects
Mt. Coolum Residence Sparks Architects State Commendation
Dryandras Residence Paul Uhlmann Architects
Granville Residence Richard Kirk Architect State Award
Two Roads House Aspect Architecture
Rosalie House Owen Architecture Robin Dods Award for
Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Laneway House 9point9 Architects
Annie Street O'Neill Architecture State Commendation

Central Avenue
(Vokes and Peters (with Owen and Vokes and Peters)
Set on a suburban ridge overlooking the city, Central Avenue Residence is a rich and intimate family home. A generous and open front garden connects strongly with the streetscape, whilst the thin living space across the site allows the family to engage both with the garden and outlook.

Hinterland House (Shaun Lockyer Architects) 
This refined, linear, rural pavilion, sits well in the landscape at Ferny Glen (near Canungra).  A very strong connection between client, architect and builder is evident.  A sense of place is achieved through the capturing of views, passive solar design, simplicity of section, spatial treatments and quality of detailing.

Platypus Bend House (Robinson Architects)
Taking its cues from an existing shed on site, and the need to build above periodic flood levels, this simple elevated gable form incorporates strategic pop-out sections to supplement the narrow width set by the light steel framing. The difficulty of dealing with services and finishes under an elevated building are resolved by expressing water storage and grouping services within battened shafts.

2A Concrete (Shane Denman Architects) 
2A Concrete is a building that uses a restricted palette, on a restricted site, to create moments of unrestricted delight. The house is an unforgiving exercise in off-form concrete yet has a sense of home that is rare in houses of this scale. Sited squarely on Palm Beach, the house shelters a family of seven and delivers surprises at every turn.  

Fifth Avenue (O'Neill Architecture)
A lovely journey from street, down a lane to gathering and orienting afforded by the village square. 
The tiny brick lane takes you past a work space into the central gathering space of the home. Gathering under sky, a place to cook and eat, a courtyard typology. Meals, living and sleeping arranged to the north and south. Guest space looks over street, living and meals to bush.

House in Hamilton (phorm architecture + design with Tato Architects)
PHORM & TATO reference the Queenslander, but it is not skirted by verandah. 
The house is a delightful version of the states post-war housing, a period of housing rarely a reference for design but it should be. Overhangs are pulled back to a minimum. Robust detail makes spaces sized for occupation with patios and porches added. It is not wasteful, it is not based on fashion. It is a house of dialogues, between client, cultures and architects.

Montville Residence 2 (Sparks Architects)
Situated on a prominent ridge line with imposing views over Baroon Pocket Dam the Ridge house is split into two carefully composed pavilions which are arranged to provide a variety of outdoor spaces and an ascending entry between them. The complimentary use of rammed earth, galva-nised steel and glass along with the extensive use of timber internally provides a rich palette of simple materials and surfaces.

Mt Coolum Residence (Sparks Architects)
Sitting at the foothills of the mountain the Mt Coolum residence provides an innovative approach to dealing with a suburban scale allotment. The strong tapered bedroom wings contain a comfort-ably scaled courtyard giving both light and ventilation to the major circulation areas. The internal spaces show clever use of translucent materials.

Dryandras Residence (Paul Uhlmann Architects) 
A split level linear plan was used on the flat Casuarina Beach front site to create elevated bedroom and secondary living areas that capture views through a double height living space. This is a quality coastal dwelling that incorporates passive solar design, landscape and sustainability principles well.  

Granville Residence (Richard Kirk Architect)
Small in footprint but large in ambition, Granville Residence is an elegant and rigorous home on a small inner-city lot.  
Addressing significant planning constraints, the Architects placed the living areas on the northern street edge to deliver a generous, light filled and beautifully detailed addition to the street.

Two Roads House (Aspect Architecture)
This beautifully constructed house provides a grounded serene version of shelter. Its siting on a knoll while reminiscent of a hilltop town is clearly of the Maleny rural landscape. The axial plan arranges comfortable volumes that overlook its own green and the surrounding landscape.

Rosalie House (Owen Architecture)
Kept like a secret amongst the busyness of Rosalie Village, the home quietly reveals itself in layers through a skillfully executed plan. Immediately apparent is the connection to landscape and robustness of materials, as wings of concrete planes gather generous courtyards and vistas. An exceptional piece of architecture.

Laneway House (9point9 Architects)
An idyllic response to a narrow lot with a west-facing street and rear laneway.  Two wings connected by a translucent walkway that frames a courtyard.  An intelligent material palette delivers nicely detailed raw finishes throughout light-filled living spaces flowing onto flexible, covered outdoor spaces and a central courtyard.

Annie Street (O'Neill Architecture)
This house is cleverly designed, crafted, and spatially sophisticated on a socially complex site. The build by a project house methodology results in excellent building economics, financially and detail. The house is a wonderful collaboration of architect, client and builder.

Small Project Architecture
Eagle Street Vertical Village HASSELL
Dayboro Kindergarten Reddog Architects Pty Ltd State Commendation
Wilston Garden Room Vokes and Peters
(with Owen and Vokes and Peters)
Hayes & Scott Award for Small Project Architecture
Bath House Stephen de Jersey Architect State Award
Griffith University Red Zone, Gold Coast Campus Cox Rayner Architects
Garden Shed Vokes and Peters
(with Owen and Vokes and Peters)
State Commendation
margaret olley art centre bud brannigan architects
North Lakes Fitout Nielsen Workshop & Morgan Jenkins Architecture

Eagle Street Vertical Village
The iconic Brisbane windowless stock exchange chalking room was wonderfully born again with sympathetic new windows engaging with the river and one extraordinary helical staircase connecting the internal levels and vistas to the landscape. The stair is beautifully designed and crafted evoking where craft and design was celebrated in the making.

Dayboro Kindergarten (Reddog Architects Pty Ltd)
Through an unwavering commitment to their client, the architects have created much more than the budget reflected. Not only a new multifunctional space, the building also delivers a new identity for the kindergarten that is both dramatic in form and playfully detailed.

Wilston Garden Room (Vokes and Peters with Owen and Vokes and Peters)
A falling site is resolved with rigorous planning and volumetric interplay within this cottage home. The detailing is considered and thoughtful, constructed from recognizable vernacular materials that have encouraged the craftsmanship of trades to emerge. The conversation between new and original spaces is comforting, inspiring and always respectful.

Bath House (Stephen de Jersey Architect)
A complementary modern addition to an existing Queenslander.  Residence to garden connections are enhanced with an upper level formal gathering space in the canopy and lower recessed level providing an intimate connection to the garden.  The owners enjoy a unique bathing experience. Semi-outdoor bathing at its best.   

Griffith University Red Zone, Gold Coast Campus (Cox Rayner Architects)
A bold and intense immersion of the senses creates a memorable experience for visitors to this space.  The Zone is a well accessed area for students and public alike.  The use of a monochromatic colour scheme across multiple materials interspersed with lighting contained in customised fibreglass cones animates the interiors in further contrast to the existing spaces on the campus.   

Garden Shed (Vokes and Peters (with Owen and Vokes and Peters))
A meticulously detailed and well-considered suite of garden infrastructure provides a poetic boundary edge to the house and garden. The garden shed engages the owner and their family’s creative aspirations through its utilitarian and charming character by encouraging flexible and playful occupation of their garden.

Margaret Olley Art Centre  (Bud Brannigan Architects) 
This quality addition to the Tweed Regional Gallery, takes a complex arrangement of art pieces, artefacts and spaces, reinstating them within a simple structure and a legible plan. Functional visitor and staff spaces are intertwined within. The Artist in Residence Studio and Art Centre maintain external connectivity with the scenic valley.   

North Lakes Fitout (Nielsen Workshop & Morgan Jenkins Architecture)
This skillfully crafted recycled timber insert with fiberglass light wells creates an authentic, warm and bright adaptable workspace. The architect’s wholehearted commitment to the client and initial project concept results in a well resolved architectural outcome which experiments with non-conventional office space.

Urban Design
Sunshine Coast Light Rail Shaping Our Future HASSELL Karl Langer Award for Urban Design
Noosa Coastal Bus Shelter majstorovic architecture State Award
Brisbane CityCat Ferry Terminals Renewal Cox Rayner Architects with Aurecon
The St Lucia Lakes Link, University of Queensland Cox Rayner Architects State Award
Bakery Lane Hayes Anderson Lynch Architects State Commendation

Sunshine Coast Light Rail Shaping Our Future Study
This study is an essential part of the visioning process for the future of the Sunshine Coast and the resolution of the current and projected traffic issues. The project tests a number of urban design scenarios in an in-depth public consultation process that both educated and tested support.

Noosa Coastal Bus Shelter (majstorovic architecture)
This suite of bus shelters responds to a complex brief including   compliance with standards, modular design, long lifespan, low maintenance, vandal resistance, simple site installation, budget and the policies of Noosa Council's Design Guide. Subtle variations in design and well-resolved construction details allow these shelters to be pre-fabricated and unified throughout the shire and adapted to a wide variety of specific site conditions.

Brisbane CityCat Ferry Terminals Renewal (Cox Rayner Architects with Aurecon)
The city cat terminals are a well-considered and clever design response to major flooding constraints and the tidal variation in the river for equitable access. The terminals create a high level of public amenity and celebrate the connection of the city to the river and travel by City Cat ferry.

The St Lucia Lakes Link, University of Queensland (Cox Rayner Architects)
Traversing overland flow paths and a three-storey change of level, this thoughtful design creates a surprising and dignified new arrival and entrance sequence into the campus, with equitable access from the new bus station at the end of the Eleanor Schonell Bridge.

Bakery Lane
(Hayes Anderson Lynch Architects)
This small-scale incremental redevelopment creates a new public space giving life to a former service area and allows future pedestrian connections. Heritage buildings have been re-purposed and small businesses with affordable live work apartments have been added in a consciously eclectic architectural language, authentic to the Valley’s urban grain and character.

Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture
Solar Verandah – Manly Heritage House PHAB Architects
Victoria Bridge Abutment Structure BW Architects
The Condensery – Somerset Regional Art Gallery PHAB Architects Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture
Brisbane CityCat Ferry Terminals Renewal Cox Rayner Architects with Aurecon
ELF 2B – Enhanced Land Force Stage 2 Phase 2B Gymnasium & Pool BVN Conrad Gargett
Platypus Bend House Robinson Architects State Commendation
St Lucia Lakes Link, University of Queensland Cox Rayner Architects

The Condensery - Somerset Regional Art Gallery
 (PHAB Architects)
The Condensery utilises colorbond external sheeting, in subtle textural variations, to retain the original galvanised linings as an interior.  A sleeve of new roofing evokes the old form and the tapestry of reds found in the rust.  A colour and material palette, inspired by steel, permeates the interiors.

Sustainable Architecture
Cape York Partnership Offices Kevin O'Brien Architects State Commendation
Learning Innovation Building at the University of Queensland Richard Kirk Architect State Award
TAS Science Facility Charles Wright Architects State Commendation
University of Queensland Oral Health Centre Cox Rayner Architects with Hames Sharley and Conrad Gargett Riddel State Award
ELF 2B – Enhanced Land Force Stage 2 Phase 2B Gymnasium & Pool BVN Conrad Gargett State Commendation
Project Zero BVN Harry Marks Award for Sustainable Architecture
Bothwell Street Arkhefield State Commendation
Noosa Coastal Bus Shelter majstorovic architecture State Award

Project Zero
Underpinned by research the premise of this building was literally to have no impact on the environment.  Passive design, repurposing old building stock and materials, solar technologies, on site water treatment, the use of natural daylighting, native planting and exacting design principles all add up to “zero”.

Enduring Architecture
Good Shepherd Chapel, Bishopsbourne Conrad Gargett Robin Gibson Award for Enduring Architecture

Good Shepherd Chapel, Bishopsbourne
(Conrad Gargett)
A majestic copper roof drapes over two angled stone walls envelope an intimate, spiritual  place. Bishopbourne Chapel provides a living link in Queensland’s architectural history.  Designed by then student, Graeme Theideke, with guidance from Bob Cleland, the influence of Cairns architect Eddie Oribin and Frank Lloyd-Wright is evident.

2016 Queensland State Architecture Awards Jury


Michael Lavery RAIA
2015 State Awards
Jury Director

Alice Hampson FRAIA
2016 State Awards
Jury Deputy Director

Tony Jemmott RAIA
2016 State Awards

Brian Hooper RAIA
2016 State Awards


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