Community centre takes out top Public Architecture Award in Tasmanian Architecture Awards

Community-focused entries were among an inspiring selection of architectural projects recognised at the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2013 Tasmanian Architecture Awards, held at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery last night.

Among several entries designed to give back to the community, the Bridgewater LINC and Child and Family Centre by Liminal Architecture took out the Alan C Walker Award for Public Architecture.

Bridgewater LINC and Child and Family Centre by Liminal Architecture. Image by Jonathan Wherrett.
Bridgewater LINC and Child and Family Centre by Liminal Architecture. Image by Jonathan Wherrett.

One of three family centres entered in the 2013 Awards, the Bridgewater LINC and Child and Family Centre was described by the jury as ‘demonstrating the synergy possible when different facilities are drawn together under a single roof – in this instance, a library, Service Tasmania shopfront, and a child and family centre.

‘The folded building form sits within an undulating topography, its brick exterior resonating beautifully with the brick suburban context that it looks onto. The handling of scale is masterful, creating both a strong civic quality and a domestic friendliness. The building is a successful workplace, and has become a genuine community focus – its facilities are well-patronised with the largest increase in LINC membership in the state since its opening.’

In total, 20 prizes and commendations were awarded (see below for full list of winners).

Harrington House by Booth&Watts won over the public’s vote in this year’s People’s Choice Prize. The two dilapidated, heritage-listed warehouses within a convict brick wall enclosure have been given a new life as a house and a studio.

Wellspring Anglican Church by 1 + 2 Architecture received two awards last night, an Award for Public Architecture and another for Heritage Architecture, for a space that the jury said ‘exemplifies its public purpose by revitalising the suburban church site as a place of gathering for worshippers and the broader community’.

The Colin Philp Award for Commercial Architecture went to the Mountain Retreat Medical Centre by Circa Morris-Nunn for its adept enlargement of an established medical practice on a prominent corner site in South Hobart.

The Sustainability Learning Centre by Morrison and Breytenbach was recognised with the Award for Sustainable Architecture, for what the jury described as ‘a contemporary learning facility that lives and breathes sustainability’.

GASP! Stage 1 by Room 11 received an Award for Urban Design for providing a new waterfront promenade on the River Derwent that gracefully stretches across the formerly neglected waterfront.

The Alexander North Award for Interior Architecture was awarded to the Meeting Room, St Mary’s Cathedral by Circa Morris-Nunn for the multifunction space and dome that has been part of architect’s vocabulary from the Pantheon to St Peter’s Basilica and the present.

Omnipod by Rosevear Architects received the Peter Willmott Award for Small Project Architecture along with the COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture, for what the jury called a ‘remarkable project that exemplifies all that combines to bring great architecture to fruition’.

Rosevear Architects also received the Esmond Dorney Award for Residential Architecture for their Churchill Residence project, which the jury said ‘represents a singular architectural approach to a sublime coastal landscape’.

Churchill Residence by Rosevear Architects. Image by Jonathan Wherrett.
Churchill Residence by Rosevear Architects. Image by Jonathan Wherrett.

The John Lee Archer Triennial Prize was awarded to MONA – Museum of Old & New Art by Fender Katsalidis Architects.

Full list of winning projects:

 

Public Architecture

Alan C Walker Award – Bridgewater LINC and Child & Family Centre by Liminal Architecture

Award – Wellspring Anglican Church by 1 + 2 Architecture

Commendation – Royal Hobart Hospital ICU/HDU by Vincent Chrisp & Partners P/L & Jawsarchitects

 

Commercial Architecture

Colin Philp Award – Mountain Retreat Medical Centre by Circa Morris-Nunn

Award – Josef Chromy Cellar Door and Wine Centre by Birrelli art + design + architecture

Commendation – Southern Swan by Core Collective

 

Sustainable Architecture

Award for Sustainable Architecture – Sustainability Learning Centre by Morrison & Breytenbach Architects

 

Urban Design

Award – GASP! Stage 1 by Room 11

Award – Princes Wharf Shed 1 by Circa Morris-Nunn Architects

 

Heritage Architecture

Award – Wellspring Anglican Church by 1 + 2 Architecture

 

Interior Architecture

Alexander North Award – Meeting Room, St. Mary’s Cathedral Centre by Circa Morris-Nunn Architects

 

Small Project Architecture

Peter Willmott Award – Omnipod by Rosevear Architects

 

Residential Architecture – Houses (New / Alterations + Additions)

Esmond Dorney Award – Churchill Residence by Rosevear Architects

Award (New) – Napoleon Street by Maria Gigney Architects

Commendation (New) – Annie & Peter’s House by 1+2 Architecture

Commendation (Alterations + Additions) – Harrington House by Booth&Watts

 

Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing

Award – 40 Brisbane Street by Morrison & Breytenbach Architects

COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture

Winner – Omnipod by Rosevear Architects

 

Enduring Architecture Award

Winner – 152 Macquarie Street Hobart by Hartley Wilson & Bolt Architects

 

John Lee Archer Triennial Prize

Winner – MONA – Museum of Old & New Art by Fender Katsalidis Architects (2012)

Honourable Mention – Makers’ Workshop by Terroir (2010)

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Australian Institute of Architects
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kirsty.bennett@architecture.com.au

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National Media and Communications Officer
Australian Institute of Architects
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alexandra.cato@architecture.com.au

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