The Australian Institute of Architects’ Regional Architecture Awards have honoured winning Greater Brisbane projects across educational, commercial, residential, heritage, interior and urban categories. The awards also highlighted the true winners – the students, business owners and residential homeowners who are now the beneficiaries of these diverse designs.
Craft’d Grounds by Conrad Gargett was awarded the highest honour, taking home the John Dalton Award for Building of the Year.
The jury praised the project as an “excellent example of adaptive reuse”.
“The architects have created a building that belongs to place, enriches the community, and offers a unique built identity with an honesty that is welcoming and open,” the jury said.
2023 Lord Mayor’s Brisbane Buildings that Breathe Architecture Prize
Heritage Lanes, 80 Ann St by Woods Bagot was awarded the 2023 Lord Mayor’s Brisbane Buildings that Breathe Architecture Prize. The prize recognises outstanding achievement in architecture for buildings that demonstrate strong alignment with Brisbane City Council’s New World City Design Guide – Buildings that Breathe.
The Heritage Lanes, 80 Ann St site was formerly a fruit and vegetable market. Woods Bagot reimagined the CBD location as a marketplace on the ground floor of a new 35-level office tower that accommodates 7,000 workers.
The jury noted that the project’s “combination of the warm material palette, food and coffee retail outlets, subtropical landscaping, seating areas, and dramatic high-tech artwork form a welcome public plaza that surprisingly reconnects two streets in the heart of the city”.
Heritage Lanes, 80 Ann St has also been commended in both the Urban Design Category and Interior Architecture Category.
Greater Brisbane House of the Year Award
Congratulations are also in order for REFRESH* Studio for Architecture, who received the Greater Brisbane House of the Year Award for Habitat on Juers.
Habitat On Juers is a sixteen-unit social housing project in the suburb of Kingston.
“Through clever design, the Habitat on Juers project breaks down typical institutional forms associated with social housing,” the jury said. “This project successfully demonstrates how missing middle social housing can improve the liveability, aesthetic, and performance of our suburbs.”
Innovative sustainable construction methods, such as the use of cross-laminated timber, reduce the building’s embodied carbon.
Greater Brisbane People’s Choice Award
Jubilee Place Precinct by Blight Rayner Architecture, a weather-protected “urban room” next to the iconic heritage Jubilee Hotel, took out the People’s Choice award.
Greater Brisbane projects received a total of 48 additional regional commendations across the award categories.
All of the region’s commended projects have now been shortlisted for the Australian Institute of Architects’ Queensland Architecture Awards. The state awards will be judged and awarded in June 2023.