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From homes to hotels – 2016 ACT Architecture Award winners

Winners of the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2016 ACT Architecture Awards were announced at the National Arboretum on Saturday 25 June.

The night’s top honour, the Canberra Medallion, was awarded to the Bowen Place Crossing by Lahznimmo Architects in addition to the Sir John Overall Award for Urban Design.

In awarding the project, the jury noted ‘the project is an exemplar of a thoughtfully instigated competition procurement process. Led by the National Capital Authority (NCA) it sought a design led outcome befitting the contextual significance of the siting.

‘The foresight to imagine the scope and possibility for an urban landscape element of poetic scale and enduring contribution, adjoining Lake Burley Griffin in the Central National Area, is the key to the success of the intervention.’

Canberra Medallion – Bowen Place Crossing by Lahznimmo Architects. Photo by Brett Boardman.
Canberra Medallion – Bowen Place Crossing by Lahznimmo Architects. Photo by Brett Boardman.

Canberra’s new Airport Hotel by Bates Smart collected several accolades including an Award for Commercial Architecture, Award for Interior Architecture and the Light in Architecture Prize.

King House, ‘an exceptionally clever house that maximises amenity and functionality on a tight site with a tight budget,’ by Cox Architecture won the Malcolm Moir and Heather Sutherland Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New).

‘There is much to applaud on this project. It demonstrates how, with good design, one can build a highly liveable house filled with light, joy and outlook within a compact footprint,’ the jury said.

ACT Chapter President, Rob Henry, congratulated all winners and entrants.

‘ACT architecture has seen a revival in the past few years with some world-class projects coming to fruition, it is an exciting time to see the role the profession can play in making Canberra’s spaces better for locals and visitors alike.’

Forty-six projects were entered in the 2016 ACT Architecture Awards, which were established in 1961.

Projects that received Awards and Named Awards now progress to the National Architecture Awards which will be announced in November.

 

Full list of winners:

Canberra Medallion – Bowen Place Crossing by Lahznimmo Architects

 

Commercial Architecture

Award – 48 Macquarie Street by Guida Moseley Brown Architects
Award – Ben Chifley Building by francis-jones morehen thorp
Award – Canberra Airport Hotel by Bates Smart

 

Educational Architecture

Enrico Taglietti Award – St John Paul II College by Collins Caddaye Architects
Award – Australian Defence Force Academy – New Indoor Sports Centre by HDR | Rice Daubney
Award – Australian Defence Force Academy – Auditorium by HDR | Rice Daubney

Educational Architecture Enrico Taglietti Award – St John Paul II College by Collins Caddaye Architects. Photo by Stefan Postles.
Educational Architecture
Enrico Taglietti Award – St John Paul II College by Collins Caddaye Architects. Photo by Stefan Postles.

 

Enduring Architecture

Award – Rivendell by Laurie Virr, 1975

 

Heritage

J S Murdoch Award – ANU – Florey Building by CCJ Architects
Commendation – Ainslie Arts Centre by Philip Leeson Architects

 

Interior Architecture

W Hayward Award – Ben Chifley Building by francis-jones morehen thorp
Award – Canberra Airport Hotel by Bates Smart
Commendation – TJ House by Ben Walker Architects (interiors) and Dezignteam (base building)

 

Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)

Award – Flanagan Lewis House by Arquitectura
Award – LF House by Ben Walker Architects
Award – Clerestory House by Rob Henry Architects
Commendation – Campbell House by Philiip Leeson Architects

 

Residential Architecture – Houses (New)

Malcolm Moir and Heather Sutherland Award – King House by Cox Architecture
Commendation – Claire’s House by Light House Architecture and Science

Residential Architecture – Houses (New) Malcolm Moir and Heather Sutherland Award – King House by Cox Architecture. Photo by Ben Wrigley.
Residential Architecture – Houses (New) Malcolm Moir and Heather Sutherland Award – King House by Cox Architecture. Photo by Ben Wrigley.

 

Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing

Award – Common Ground Housing by Collins Caddaye Architects
Commendation – Element by Cox Architecture

 

Small Project Architecture

Award – AG House by Ben Walker Architects

Small Project Architecture Award – AG House by Ben Walker Architects. Photo by Ben Wrigley.
Small Project Architecture Award – AG House by Ben Walker Architects. Photo by Ben Wrigley.

 

Sustainable Architecture

Award – Westside Acton by Cox Architecture

 

Urban Design

Sir John Overall Award – Bowen Place Crossing by Lahznimmo Architects

 

COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture

Winner – TJ House by Ben Walker Architects (interiors) and Dezignteam (base building)

 

Other Prizes

Art in Architecture Award – Kim Harvey School of Dance by Clarke Keller
Light in Architecture Prize – Canberra Airport Hotel by Bates Smart
Mervyn Willoughby-Thomas Renovation Award Winner – Sunny Room Additions by Allan Spira Architects
President’s Medal – Alastair Swayn
Clem Cummings Medal – Harris Hobbs Landscapes
Emerging Architect Prize – Erin Hinton
Architectural Professional of the Year Prize – Dean McPherson
ACT Chapter Student Medallion – Will Headland
Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn Graduate Prize – Will Headland
John Redmond Prize – Ursula Embry

Cox Architecture Student Design Prize:
Postgraduate Commendation – Wooden Housing Complex by Stewart Youngblutt
Undergraduate Prize – Outside In by Chloe Yin
Undergraduate Commendation – Dickson Mixed Use Apartment by Brenton Reis
Undergraduate Commendation – Residential, Dickson by Billy Ileris

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