South Australia has cemented its reputation as one of Australia’s top educational centres, with seven projects devoted to teaching or learning taking out all major honours for New Buildings at the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) SA Architecture Awards in Adelaide.
Announcing award winners at a ceremony at the Adelaide Convention Centre tonight, the RAIA said two-thirds of the 14 entries received this year for the New Buildings category were “educational facilities of one type or another ranging from pre-school through primary, secondary, tertiary and community”.
Of these, the Wilderness School Multi-Purpose Hall by Phillips/Pilkington Architect and the Mawson Centre by Russell & Yelland Architects & Guida Moseley Brown Architects in association received the highest honour - RAIA Awards of Merit. In a double-win for Phillips/Pilkington, the Wilderness School Multi-Purpose Hall was also presented with the COLORBOND ® steel Award.
Sturt Street Community School by Woodhead International, the UniSA Garth Boomer Building by Russell & Yelland Architects & Guida Moseley Brown Architects in association, Pembroke Middle School Learning Resource Centre by Woods Bagot (SA), Victor Harbor High School Special Education Building by Swanbury Penglase Architects, and Our Lady Queen of Peace School - Stage 1 by Thomson Rossi were also awarded Commendations in the New Buildings Category.
The sensitive upgrade and re-use of a South Australian cultural icon, the Torrens Parade Ground, by architects Grieve Gillett, was presented with a Heritage Award of Merit. An Archicentre Renovation Award of Merit went to Yantaringa - Aldgate Residence by Williams Burton Architects, and the Interior Award of Merit to State Records of South Australia-Leigh Street Premises by Woods Bagot (SA). Troppo Architects received a Residential Award of Merit for ‘Retreat at Cape du Voltigeur’ on Kangaroo Island. The house features a soaring roof inspired by the island’s local sea eagle, the voltigeur.
Awards Jury Director Ken Milne said the awards had been selectively given to projects of exceptional standard. These projects would now be eligible to win RAIA National Architecture Awards on October 27.