Two houses in regional Tasmania are voted as favourites in the People’s Choice

Jetty House by Edwards + Simpson and Bozen's Cottage by Taylor & Hinds Architects | 2020 Tasmanian Architecture Awards | Photos by Anjie Blair and Adam Gibson

The Tasmanian Architecture Awards People’s Choice has resulted in a draw this year, with two residential projects receiving an equal number of votes from the public.

Bozen’s Cottage by Taylor & Hinds Architects and the Jetty House by Edwards + Simpson have been decided as the public’s favourite this year; the former a revitalisation of an historic sandstone cottage in Oatlands and the latter, a new family home boasting views to the Batman Bridge on the banks of the River Tamar.

‘The only way we can truly make our built environment better for everyone, is by ensuring that we all understand the value of architecture and how it contributes to our built environment. The People’s Choice harnesses the opinions of the public and allows them to engage with architecture,’ says Australian Institute of Architects Tasmanian Chapter Executive Director, Jennifer Nichols.

‘Never have we appreciated the comforts and values of our home more than during the Covid-19 crisis, and public opinion shows that there are many different ways that we can live, and architects can help to realise this and can create a home that is suited to a client’s needs. The way that we choose to live can be so varied, and architects have the unique ability to delve into each client’s value systems to create a home specific for the client, which is so different to the off-the-shelf housing.

‘Architects value built-heritage and are able to adapt existing buildings to suit the needs of people into the future, along with providing buildings that are suited to the site, are well oriented, well insulated, sustainable and long-lasting.’

The public were invited to have their say and vote for their favourite project entered in the 2020 Tasmanian Architecture Awards, with 24 projects from across the state in the running.

The peer-reviewed award winners in the 2020 Tasmanian Architecture Awards were announced for the first time via a YouTube live stream on Friday 12 June. The online presentation event is available to view here. All the projects entered in this year’s awards are able to be viewed on the Australian Institute of Architects website here.