SA Architecture Medal Series
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The SA Architecture Medal was established in 2021 and celebrates one outstanding project from the SA Architecture Awards – the best of the best.
The SA Chapter is proud to present the Architecture Medal Series, which showcases the winning projects of each Awards program. Each film explores the working relationship between architect and client, and how a well-designed building can bring not only value, but joy to the communities using it.
2022 Architecture Medal
Mount Gambier Regional Airport
“Joy is a real experience, and it’s something that every architect should strive for in their projects.”
— Ashley Halliday, architect
Mount Gambier Regional Airport offers not only a modern air terminal but a community centre to the people of the Limestone Coast.
Designed by Ashley Halliday Architects and built by Kennett Builders for the District Council of Grant, the building references the surrounding geological landscape – with timber for the local forestry industry and the central skylight recalling the sinkholes the area is known for.
“It’s not the type of building that’s probably been seen around Mount Gambier, but it’s been really, really well received. I think we’ve left a pretty good legacy for the community that will last a long time”
— Ian Fritsch, client
The SA Chapter and the Institute recognises the Bungandidj people as the traditional land owners of the Mount Gambier region. We pay our respects to their elders, past, present and emerging.
2021 Architecture Medal
Meals on Wheels SA Head Office
“We create spaces that people hopefully enjoy spending time in. I think you have to go above and beyond purely the functional element to achieve that.”
— Charles Tindley, architect
The Meals on Wheels SA Head Office represents a step forward for a nearly 70-year-old organisation, bringing together administrative, office and commercial kitchen functions together in a consolidated facility.
Designed by JPE Design Studio and built by Kennett Builders for Meals on Wheels SA, the project uses a refined materials palette of robust feature brickwork and bold transparent forms which frame the activity within to the street.
“Once we’d moved in, I’d hear words from people like, ‘we’re really lucky to come to work in a place like this.’”
— Sharyn Broer, client
The SA Chapter and the Institute recognises the Kaurna people as the traditional land owners of the Adelaide Plains. We pay our respects to their elders, past, present and emerging.