Queensland’s best architecture honoured at 2021 State Awards

The Australian Institute of Architects’ Queensland Architecture Awards have been announced via a virtual presentation. The jury, made up of renowned architects and design industry leaders from across the state, awarded more than 41 projects across 13 categories including residential, commercial, sustainable architecture and urban design. 

Jury Chair and Director of Deicke Richards, Eloise Atkinson, described the winning designs as high calibre” throughout the state with strong environmental influences from entrants this year.

We have seen a particularly strong year in education,” Ms Atkinson said. Public buildings have also been impressive particularly in the regions, and as always in Queensland, residential projects – both newand alterations and additions– have been large categories and of a very high standard.  We have seen the integration of landscape in all building types from the north to south and way out west.”

Cairns Performing Arts Centre, designed by CA Architects and Cox Architecture in collaboration, received top honours for public architecture, taking out the The FDG Stanley Award. The jury commended the precinct as setting a new benchmark for performing arts centres in Australia. 

“The building is undeniably of its place, reflecting the colours, filtered light, lush vegetation and lifestyle of the wet tropics,” Ms Atkinson said.

“CPAC is a significant cultural asset for a city – a public building that will enable more cultural experiences as well as economic growth.” 

Riverbank House, by Wilson Architects, received The Robin Dods Award – Queensland’s top accolade for new residential architecture. The project, situated in Brisbane’s Highgate Hill, leverages the remnant riparian setting and unencumbered views of the Brisbane River.  

Using a restrained palette of raw materials, the living areas are imbedded into the landscape. The remainder of the home ‘floats’ above ground behind a raw timber brise-soleil motif, offering a distinct presence to the street.

The state’s top interiors award, The GHM Addison Award for Interior Architecture, was presented to m3architecture for the Mary Rice Early Learning Centre. 

The newly opened childcare centre, attached to St Josephs Nudgee College campus, rescued a challenging 1980s building from demolition and transformed it into a metaphoric city’ across nine different activity rooms. 

The careful and playful assemblies of materials and pattern making, referenced from the existing site, adds a layer of wayfinding and fun to an interior setting that inspires the imagination for children and parents alike,” the jury said in its citation.

The Harry Marks Award for Sustainable Architecture went to JCU Ideas Lab in Cairns. Wilson Architects with Clarke and Prince were behind the project, designed to bring together creative minds to translate ideas and research into commercial products and processes to drive economic growth and diversity in Australia.

Ideas Lab achieved a LEED Gold certification. The three-storey building is wrapped in a striking ‘origami’ screen that speaks to the innovation encouraged within the building. A spectacular wall of tropical tendril hanging plants are planted both inside and outside and provide a genuine sense of being in the tropics, while reducing both heat and glare. 

The Jury cited JCU Ideas Lab, which opened in late 2020, as already “a beacon for innovate collaboration in the region” and for “making a significant contribution to economic growth”.

The Queensland Architecture Medallion — the highest honour awarded to any project in the state —  will be awarded at a special ceremony on Saturday, June 26, when the Enduring Architecture Award and the Australian Institute of Architects’ Art & Architecture Prize (QLD) will also be named. 

All projects that received a namedaward and/or stateaward will now be eligible for the Australian Institute of ArchitectsNational Architecture Awards (winners to be announced later in the year).

2021 QUEENSLAND ARCHITECTURE AWARDS JURY

Eloise Atkinson
Lada Bodnaruk
Shy Tay
Dirk Yates

Read on for the full list of Queensland Architecture Award winners and commended projects.

Colorbond Award

Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture

Land 121 Facilities Project, Lavarack Barracks (North Queensland) | BVN

Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture

ModWest, The University of Queensland (Brisbane) | Drummond Architecture 


Commercial Architecture

The Beatrice Hutton Award for Commercial Architecture

12 Creek Street, The Annex (Brisbane) | BVN

Award for Commercial Architecture

Land 121 Facilities Project, Lavarack Barracks (North Queensland) | BVN

Commendation for Commercial Architecture

111 Campbell Street (Darling Downs) | Sims White Architects


Education Architecture

The Jennifer Taylor Award for Educational Architecture

Fortitude Valley State Secondary College (Brisbane) | Cox Architecture and Thomson Adsett

Award for Educational Architecture

Brisbane Girls Grammar School Science Learning Centre (Brisbane) | m3architecture

St Rita’s College Trinity Centre (Brisbane) | m3architecture

JCU Ideas Lab (Far North Qld) | Wilson Architects with Clarke and Prince

Commendation for Educational Architecture

Indooroopilly State High School 6FC Building (Brisbane) | Hayball Pty. Ltd.

Mary Rice Early learning Centre (Brisbane) | m3architecture

Kurrajong – Centre for Senior Learning (Darling Downs and West Moreton) | Fulton Trotter Architects

The Springfield Anglican College | (Brisbane)

St Patrick’s College East Precinct (North Qld) | m3architecture


Heritage Architecture

Commendation for Heritage

Chambers House (Brisbane) | Shaun Lockyer Architects


Interior Architecture

The GHM Addison Award for Interior Architecture

Mary Rice Early learning Centre (Brisbane) | m3architecture

Award for Interior Architecture

Transurban (Brisbane) | Cox Architecture


Public Architecture

The FDG Stanley Award for Public Architecture

Cairns Performing Arts Centre (Far North QLD) | CA Architects and Cox Architecture in collaboration

Award for Public Architecture

Waltzing Matilda Centre (Central QLD) | Cox Architecture

Commendation for Public Architecture

Surgical, Treatment and Rehabilitation Service (STARS) (Brisbane) | Hassell

Queensland Country Bank Stadium (North QLD) | Cox Architecture and Counterpoint Architecture in association


Residential Architecture — Houses (alterations and additions)

The Elina Mottram Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)

Beck Street (Brisbane) | LineburgWang

Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)

Clayfield Fern House (Brisbane) | Paul Butterworth Architect

Commendation for Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)

The Terrace (Brisbane) | Shaun Lockyer Architects

Poinciana House (Brisbane) | NIELSEN JENKINS


Residential Architecture — Houses (new)

The Robin Dods Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New)

Riverbank House (Brisbane) | Wilson Architects

Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New)

Mt Coot-tha House (Brisbane) | NIELSEN JENKINS

Long Road House (Gold Coast – Tamborine) | James Russell Architect

Commendation for Residential Architecture – Houses (New)

Baker Boys Beach House (Brisbane) | REFRESH*DESIGN

Twin Houses (Brisbane) | John Ellway

Las Palmas (Sunshine Coast) | Tim Ditchfield Architects


Residential Architecture — Houses (multiple housing)

The Job & Froud Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing

Alondra Residences (Brisbane) | BVN

Commendation for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing

Cornwall Street Affordable Housing (Brisbane) | KO&Co Architecture

Door42 (Sunshine Coast) | Push Architects


Small Project Architecture

The Hayes & Scott Award for Small Project Architecture

James Cook University Central Plaza (North QLD) | Cox Architecture and Counterpoint Architecture in association

Award for Small Project Architecture

Doggett St Showroom (Brisbane) | Cavill Architects

Commendation for Small Project Architecture

Ulster Lane (Brisbane) | Cameron & Co Architecture


Urban Design

The Karl Langer Award for Urban Design

QUT Campus to Country (Brisbane) | BVN


Sustainable Architecture

The Harry Marks Award for Sustainable Architecture

JCU Ideas Lab (Far North QLD) | Wilson Architects with Clarke and Prince

Commendation for Sustainable Architecture

ModWest, The University of Queensland (Brisbane) | Drummond Architecture 

Big Small House (Far North QLD) | POD (People Orientated Design)

Emerging Architect Prize

Tamarind Taylor | Conrad Gargett

 

The Queensland Architecture Medallion  

Cairns Performing Arts Centre (Far North QLD) | CA Architects and Cox Architecture in collaboration


Art and Architecture Award

Australian Institute of Architects Art & Architecture Prize (QLD)

James Cook University Central Plaza  (North QLD) | Cox Architecture and Counterpoint Architecture in association


Enduring Architecture Award 

Named Award — The Robin Gibson Award for Enduring Architecture

Church Street Public Housing 1995 | Bligh Voller, Parrish O’Neill, Cox Rayner