Winners celebrated at Gold Coast/Northern Rivers Regional Architecture Awards

Eleven local projects have been honoured at the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2014 Gold Coast/Northern Rivers Regional Architecture Awards tonight.

A total of 16 projects including a golf club, health clinics, hospitals, libraries and a variety of houses were entered in the Awards with ten projects (see list below) being awarded Regional Commendations by the jury and progressing to the Queensland Architecture Awards to be announced in Brisbane on 20 June.

Gold Coast/Northern Rivers Regional Jury Coordinator and Juror David Brown (Sunland Group) and Jurors Katherine Rickard (Mode Design) and Chris Gee (Coast Arc) assisted the 2014 Awards Jury Director, Liam Proberts (bureau^proberts), Deputy Director, Paul Uhlmann (Paul Uhlmann Architects), and State Jurors Catherine Baudet (Ferrier Baudet Architects), Mark Jones (Architectus) and Paul Curran (PUSH) with selecting the worthy recipients of the Regional Commendations.

The jury awarded the Gold Coast/Northern Rivers House of the Year to Dolphin Court Residence by ME.

‘This waterfront dwelling demonstrates a refined piece of site planning and building detailing, enhancing its function as a family home. This is an excellent resolution of canal and cul-de-sac living, providing a sense of delight, referencing past coastal values and capturing the spirit of place,’ the jury said.

CRAB Studio’s Abedian School of Architecture took out the Gold Coast/Northern Rivers Building of the Year.

‘The Abedian School of Architecture is a clear expression of an aspirational approach to design education. The idea of a collaborative learning is evident and complete in the entire building through its exquisite concrete structure, walls and surfaces to the furniture and elements of design process that inhabit the space.’

To celebrate the work of local architects, Gold Coast/Northern Rivers regional jury members selected Capri on Via Roma by BDA Architecture as the inaugural recipient of the Regional Building of the Year.

‘A lively reinvention of Sir Bruce Smalls’ 1960’s Capri Commercial Centre optimises its waterfront location with expansive decking areas, capturing postcard views of Surfers Paradise. Exposed services and slab soffits sit comfortably with coloured seamless slab floors, while strong skillion roof forms recall the beach house heritage of the northern Gold Coast.’

A special Enduring Architecture Prize was presented to DBI Design (formerly Media 5) for the Sheraton Mirage.

Regional Commendations:

Architectural Project Architectural Practice Location
Hinze Dam Visitor Centre Malcolm Middleton Architects with AECOM Advancetown
Helensvale Branch Library and CCYC Complete Urban and Lahz Nimmo Architects in Association Helensvale
Dolphin Court Residence ME Palm Beach
Ten7 Shane Denman Architects Palm Beach
Abedian School of Architecture CRAB Studio Robina
Sanctuary Cove Golf Club Cox Rayner Architects Sanctuary Cove
Gold Coast University Hospital GCUH Architecture (PDT + STH + HASSELL) Southport
Griffith University (G11) Learning Commons ThomsonAdsett Southport
Capri on Via Roma BDA Architecture Surfers Paradise
Tweed Health for Everyone – GP Superclinic Fulton Trotter Architects Tweed Heads South