2014 Queensland State Architecture Awards Results

Public Architecture

UQ Advanced Engineering Building - Richard Kirk Architect HASSELL Joint Venture

F D G Stanley Award for Public Architecture

UQ Advanced Engineering Building by Richard Kirk Architect HASSELL Joint Venture (Brisbane)

Award – Abedian School of Architecture by CRAB Studio (Gold Coast)

Award – JCU Education Central by Wilson Architects with Architect North (North Queensland)

Award – UQ Dayboro Vet by Owens and Vokes and Peters (Brisbane)

Commendation – Gold Coast University Hospital by GCUH Architecture (PDT + STH + HASSELL) (Gold Coast)

Commendation – Helensvale Branch Library and CCYC by Complete Urban and Lahz Nimmo Architects in Association (Gold Coast)

Commendation – St Peter’s Lutheran College Performing Arts Centre by Phillips Smith Conwell Architects (Brisbane)

Commendation – UQ Michie Building Extension by Wilson Architects (Brisbane)

Residential Architecture – Houses (New)

Stamp House - Charles Wright Architects

Robin Dods Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New)

Stamp House by Charles Wright Architects (Far North Queensland)

Award – Oxlade Drive House by James Russell Architect (Brisbane)

Commendation – The Beach Box by OGE Group Architects (Sunshine Coast)

Commendation – Courtyard Residence by Blueprint Architects (Brisbane)

Commendation – Dolphin Court Residence by ME (Gold Coast)

Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)

Highgate Hill House - Twofold Studio & Cox Rayner Architects

Queensland Chapter Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Highgate Hill House by Twofold Studio & Cox Rayner Architects (Brisbane)

Award – West End Tower by Owen and Vokes and Peters (Brisbane)

Commendation – Panorama Drive by Owen and Vokes and Peters (Sunshine Coast)

Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing

Commendation – Bonney Lane Affordable Housing by Cox Rayner Architects (Brisbane)

Commercial Architecture

55 Elizabeth Street - BVN Donovan Hill

Beatrice Hutton Award for Commercial Architecture
55 Elizabeth Street by BVN Donovan Hill (Brisbane)

Award – Capri on Via Roma by BDA Architecture (Gold Coast)

Award – Sanctuary Cove Golf Club by Cox Rayner Architects (Gold Coast)

Commendation – Ipswich Government Office Building by Cox Rayner Architects (Darling Downs/West Moreton)
Small Project Architecture

Studio 217 - Amalie Wright & Richard Buchanan

Hayes & Scott Award for Small Project Architecture

Studio 217 by Amalie Wright & Richard Buchanan (Brisbane)

Award – Baroona Road Mixed Use Redevelopment by Shane Thompson Architects (Brisbane)

Commendation – Malanda Falls Visitors Centre by Charles Wright Architects (Far North Queensland)

Interior Architecture

UQ Advanced Engineering Building - Richard Kirk Architect HASSELL Joint Venture

G H M Addison Award for Interior Architecture

UQ Advanced Engineering Building by Richard Kirk Architect HASSELL Joint Venture (Brisbane)

Award – Australian Taxation Office Elizabeth Street by HASSELL (Brisbane)

Award – JCU Dental by Phillips Smith Conwell Architects (Far North Queensland)

Commendation – the kenmore by kp architects (Brisbane)

Commendation – Murphy Pipe and Civil by Marc&Co Architects, Baber Studio and Jarosz Design (Brisbane)

Enduring Architecture

Torbreck - AH Job and RP Froud

Robin Gibson Award for Enduring Architecture

Torbreck by AH Job and RP Froud (Brisbane)

Heritage Architecture

Brisbane City Hall Restoration Project - Tanner Kibble Denton Architects and GHD Architects in Association (TannerGHD)

Don Roderick Award for Heritage

Brisbane City Hall Restoration Project by Tanner Kibble Denton Architects and GHD Architects in Association (TannerGHD) (Brisbane)

Award – New Farm Arbour by Owen and Vokes and Peters (Brisbane)

Sustainable Architecture

UQ Advanced Engineering Building - Richard Kirk Architect HASSELL Joint Venture

Harry Marks Award for Sustainable Architecture
UQ Advanced Engineering Building by Richard Kirk Architect HASSELL Joint Venture (Brisbane)

Award – William McCormack Place 2 by CA Architects & Cox Rayner Architects (Far North Queensland)

Urban Design

Griffith University Nathan Campus Revitalisation - Cox Rayner Architects

Karl Langer Award for Urban Design

Griffith University Nathan Campus Revitalisation by Cox Rayner Architects (Brisbane)

Art in Architecture Prize

Growth - Bark Design Architects

Art in Architecture Prize

Growth by Bark Design Architects (Sunshine Coast)

COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture

Townsville Cruise Terminal - Arkhefield

COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
Townsville Cruise Terminal by Arkhefield (North Queensland)



Art & Architecture (QLD)


  • Growth
    (Bark Design Architects) Initially a site specific installation fashioned from an uncannily simple and beautiful kit of floral shaped ply and mirror plates, yet with wit and ingenuity the artwork has been regrown with increasing refinement and resonance in three settings to date.  Pedagogy and collaboration employed in the process is laudable.


  • Gadens Lawyers
    (HASSELL) Transforming the firm’s significant contemporary art collection into a purposeful democratic distribution across the entire space is memorable, atypical and generous.  Each transparent glass office enshrines an artwork for the enjoyment of the individual.  Akin to a well-curated gallery, the narrative of the collection unfolds with surprising wit.


Commercial Architecture


  • 420 Flinders Street
    (Arkhefield) This impressive inner city office precinct has used innovative aluminium sun screening to respond to the local climatic conditions and at the same time providing external articulation. The cleverly designed internal atrium is a hub of activity, providing visual engagement and connectivity between levels – and with the sky – right in the core of the building.


  • William McCormack Place 2
    (CA Architects & Cox Rayner Architects) This is a well-considered response to a brief for flexible, sustainable office space in the Tropics. A move to combine the large open foyer with a meeting hub creates efficiency and invites the public into its cool depth. Passive Design couples with efficient, active energy and cooling systems to provide comfortable pleasant working environments.


  • Tweed Health for Everyone – GP Superclinic
    (Fulton Trotter Architects) A carefully interpreted and precisely executed project that produces a calming and functional environment, utilizing an uplifting and welcoming interior palette which is cleverly woven through Tweed Valley references and visually appealing graphic detailing.


  • Capri on Via Roma
    (BDA Architecture) A lively re-invention of Sir Bruce Smalls’ 1960’s Capri Commercial Centre optimizes 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.


  • Ipswich Government Office Building
    (Cox Rayner Architects) As the first stage of the redevelopment of the Ipswich City Centre, this building has a strong commercial sensibility throughout the tower. While at street level the building edge is highly considered and skilfully executed in how it addresses the street frontages.


  • 55 Elizabeth Street
    (BVN Donovan Hill) This project is a restrained and well-proportioned addition to the CBD. Eschewing the bright and shiny materials of many towers, the buildings earthy material palette sits comfortably in its context. It is respectful of the adjacent heritage listed building and takes strong cues from its proportions in articulating the façade.


  • Sanctuary Cove Golf Club
    (Cox Rayner Architects) An understated design which nestles beautifully into its golf course landscape setting, combining magnificent views with spatial flexibility and cleverly addressing every aspect of a demanding client brief.


Enduring Architecture:


  • St Alban’s Church
    (Lund, Hutton, Newell, Black & Paulson) This is a remarkable building and stands the test of time with its materials and form and clearly demonstrates the power of Architecture.


  • Mareeba Uniting Church
    (Eddie Oribin) This church is an exquisitely conceived and executed building that has a sense of completeness from its external brick and timber fabric to its bespoke furniture and religious elements. The building has a sense of enduring quality – and has endured – due to the skilful use of beautiful materials and details that are used sparingly yet are absolutely suited to their purpose.


  • Sheraton Mirage Gold Coast
    (DBI Design formally Media 5) An important resort complex marking a crucial moment in the Gold Coast’s urban and architectural evolution, the Sheraton Mirage has survived intact, not least through a sensitive upgrade by DBI. It exhibits strong work from the newly formed Gold Coast office of the Pan-Pacific firm of Media 5, heralding the arrival of a new chapter in the life of the Gold Coast resort.


  • Syrenuse
    Noel Robinson Architects) Syrenuse apartments by Noel Robinson Architects was built in 1981. Its innovative slab and 6 x 6 grid meant the slender structure could provide fire protection whilst allowing full height glazing and connection to its view and aspect. Its organic form marked Mooloolaba as a contemporary destination at the time and it remains a benchmark for mid – high rise development.


  • Torbreck
    (AH Job and RP Froud) Torbreck Apartments on Highgate Hill, along with Mount Coo-tha, the Fourex Brewery, and the Suncorp Clock, were a series of locational icons by which the last two generations of Brisbane residents orientated themselves in the City. Brisbane first high-rise apartment building, now 55 years old, with its innovative construction techniques, effective passive climate control, acoustic privacy and robust construction materials, offers an enduring model for current apartment design.


  • Townsville City Council Administration Building
    (Lund Hutton Newell and Paulson) This building is a remarkable arrangement of the series of required administration spaces around a central covered court that provides the people of Townsville with one of its most important civic spaces. The Development in its overall scheme through to innovative detailed elements is entirely appropriate to the climate and context.


  • Murphy Pipe and Civil
    (Marc&Co Architects, Baber Studio and Jarosz Design) This fit out marries orthogonal and generous workspace with playful freeform interaction spaces. Intelligent use of cost effective materials in a screening device unifies the fit out and brings a sense of richness. Newstead Park is visually connected via a series of screens filtering out the major road in between.




  • New Farm Arbour
    (Owen and Vokes and Peters) New crafted architectural interventions are inventively orchestrated into the layers of history of this 1890s heritage listed masonry house. The Architect’s exploration for re-occupying the plan as a family home has resulted in sensitive renovations and delightful detailing whilst honouring the original building.


  • RNA Industrial Pavilion Redevelopment
    (Cox Rayner Architects and Tanner Kibble Denton Architects in Association) This project conserves the iconic brick Gregory Terrace façade of the Ekka. The new building behind cleverly provides office accommodation and exhibition space while still invoking the memories of the old show bag pavilion. The technical solution to the conservation of the brick façade is bold and creative.


  • Brisbane City Hall Restoration Project
    (Tanner Kibble Denton Architects and GHD Architects in Association (TannerGHD) Masterfully conserving the fabric of the building the project has reinvigorated the spaces and uses of City Hall as a place for the people of Brisbane. New functions have been inserted creatively with the museum in the roof, and the complex servicing the commercial kitchen contained below the auditorium.


  • Post WW2 Development on the Coast & the Moffat Beach Pilot Study
    (Coordinated by Roger Todd Architect) It is hoped this study and website will alert Council, Architects, Building Designers, Town Planners and the General Public to the long term advantages in better conservation of Post WW2 Heritage.  It provides inspiration for new works and adaptive reuse and a platform to continue recording built History and Heritage.


Interior Architecture:


  • Redevelopment of Mt Isa Hospital
    (Conrad Gargett Riddel Ancher Mortlock Woolley) A respectful response to local cultures and the regional environment.  The high level of engagement of the facility with the indigenous population has been respected in the building design to the benefit of all users.  Strategies included integrated artwork, connection to landscape, use of natural light and materials and clear way finding.


  • UQ Advanced Engineering Building
    (Richard Kirk Architect HASSELL Joint Venture) The UQ Advanced Engineering Building, a collaboration of Richard Kirk Architect and Hassell exquisitely embodies a significant benchmark in sustainability within a complex building program of research, teaching and learning.  AEB expertly embraces setting and place and has created an exemplar of engagement with renewable resources and local industry.


  • UQ Chemistry Building Level 8
    (m3architecture) Within an uncompromising 1960’s building (with an inflexible floor plate and low floor to floor heights); the architects have adopted a generic approach to floor refurbishments.  This is clearly evident on Level 8 with its circulating street and shopfronts opening on to offices, work areas and laboratories.  Tight spaces have been given subtle articulation by material selections and clever detailing, giving each floor its own identity.


  • The Cairns Institute
    (Woods Bagot in collaboration with RPA Architects) The external fabric of the Cairns Institute is continued through entry to create a series of rich textures and an organic quality to the public space. A steel framed grid dubbed the knowledge wall along with a connecting verandah act as devices to connect well planned research, learning and collaborative spaces.


  • Ergon Energy Workplace
    (BVN Donovan Hill) The Ergon workspace fit-out is light filled, open and welcoming, making the most of substantial views. Spatial planning provides opportunities for breakout and quiet respite centrally within the plan. The clever use of voids provides a convincing spatial connection across the floors and facilitates interaction across the workplace.


  • the Kenmore
    (kp architects) The Kenmore breaks away from the mould of typical suburban taverns. The planning of the building has been rationalised and different types of spaces from the intimate to the lively have been provided. The honesty of interior material selection and reuse of existing building fabric is well executed.


  • A&R Plastic Surgery
    (Base Architecture) A & R Plastic Surgery by Base Architects delightfully engages with the base building, then plays on sequence through sculpted spatial experiences.  With vigilant budget control and collaborative design development, A & R employs materiality and detailing to nurture patient experience, successfully creating a retreat from clinical medical process.


  • Seahaven Resort – Noosa Heads
    (dm2architecture pty ltd) The newly articulated balconies frame the views but improve privacy and protection to allow extended indulgence in this beachfront aspect. Light is drawn deeply within by translucence and reflectance of well-chosen finishes. Dual use planning and furnishing enlarge the compact space.


  • Australian Taxation Office Elizabeth Street
    (HASSELL) A study in considered material usage and attention to detail, this project brings transparency and intimacy to a quality contemporary workspace for a government agency with strict security and privacy requirements. The project works cleverly around the edges of rigid Government standards to deliver an outstanding workplace environment.


  • JCU Dental
    (Phillips Smith Conwell Architects) JCU Dental flips the typical clinical arrangement by putting a positive experience for the client first and foremost.  The spaces focus on the lush landscape through well placed and expansive shaded glazing.  An interior palette uses a Fan Palm motif that creates wayfinding and visual interest for patients.  This building sets a benchmark for this building type in the tropical regions.


Public Architecture:


  • St Patrick’s Primary School Trinity Building + Amenities
    (Fulton Trotter Architects) The new Trinity Building, comprising hall, administration and library functions, has become the heart of St. Patrick’s Primary School, and visually links with the adjacent heritage-listed stone church and ‘timber and tin’ classroom buildings. The hall’s space reaches out to, and connects to the largest playground on site.


  • Abedian School of Architecture
    (CRAB Studio) 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.


  • JCU Dental
    (Phillips Smith Conwell Architects) This building is an understated yet highly effective response to its tropical setting. Its form is generated by the simple approach of wide shaded edges that allow filtered light whilst protecting the buildings highly glazed exterior. They provide a canopy for the lush landscape that is integral to the buildings language and allows the building to nestle into the campus context.


  • Faith Lutheran College Library
    (Fulton Trotter Architects) This library addition to the college campus creates a much needed focal point for the school. It lifts the perception of the campus to a higher level. A multi -functional space has been added that connects to the rural landscape and creates a valuable and engaging covered gathering space as well.


  • UQ Michie Building Extension
    (Wilson Architects) The Michie Building exemplifies how the resolution of a critical corner site contributes both to the inside of the Great Court and the outside perimeter and relationships between adjacent buildings. A delightful garden space and stepped court are enabled and enriched by the carefully scaled detailing of the southern and western elevations. An excellent example of a building that does not sit in isolation but determines and enriches the settings of its larger campus context as a whole.


  • Hinze Dam Visitor Centre
    (Malcolm Middleton Architects with AECOM) This is a combination of built form and engineering, inspiring a sculptural insertion into a broad landscape.  The accessible and legible design celebrates the site’s vistas, informing and educating through its elements.  It provides high quality amenity and shelter for visitors to a major water infrastructure destination.


  • Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital Upgrade
    (Hames Sharley) The project provides administrative and acute clinical health facilities. A triple glazed elevation and shade structure ensures generous light and thermal protection to the northern double height reception entrance. Continuously suspended central staff benches surrounded by perimeter clinical suites energises functionality. Carefully detailed, technically resolved and pragmatically considered.


  • Townsville Cruise Terminal
    (Arkhefield) The Port Terminal building provides a welcome front door linking port infrastructure with the Townsville community. Servicing the needs of military cargo and short term tourist access. The main customs hall is a multipurpose public venue that unfolds its sculptural roof to form a striking and engaging verandah on the shore of Ross Creek.


  • Griffith University (G11) Learning Commons
    (ThomsonAdsett) A radical departure from the original brief has produced a building which over-delivers on the functional needs, and also introduces a sculptural urban edge to the main road entry which will become an important marker in the University geography. Dramatic cantilevers enable gathering and entertainment spaces, essential activities in student life.


  • Helensvale Branch Library and CCYC
    (Complete Urban and Lahz Nimmo Architects in Association) A sculptural building form which integrates well with laneway links and public open spaces, and offers welcoming access points to both Library and Auditorium. The urban gestures provided on all sides of this building set the scene for a maturity of design in the Helensvale precinct.


  • UQ Advanced Engineering Building
    (Richard Kirk Architect HASSELL Joint Venture) The project provides teaching, research and laboratory facilities either side of a 5 storey timber clad, elongated central atrium with a double glazed roof. The axis terminates in an expressive timber trussed off form concrete lecture theatre back dropped by the lake setting. Thoroughly considered and exquisitely detailed.


  • UQ Dayboro Vet
    (Owen and Vokes and Peters) The project provides veterinary facilities in an agrarian context. Aesthetically derived from the vernacular domestic typology the intimate plan defines circulations around core functions. Articulated staff settings enable one to enjoy prospects into the landscape. Materials are carefully detailed and sensitivity to the comfort of the inhabitants prevails.


  • St Peter’s Lutheran College Performing Arts Centre
    (Phillips Smith Conwell Architects) The project provides sound attenuated teaching, rehearsal and performance facilities perpendicular to the main axis of the school campus. Covered external seating provides an informal setting for students and entry into the carefully detailed, plywood lined, central concert hall. Robust materials complete the envelope in a lyrical way.


  • Dakabin Animal Shelter
    (Brand + Slater Architects) The project provides veterinary and animal refuge facilities. The industrial frame with a thoughtfully considered envelope houses complex functions and challenging requirements. The rib like steel structure is revealed to mark the main entry and the beginning of a pragmatic yet thoroughly worked plan and robust material selection.


  • JCU Education Central
    (Wilson Architects with Architects North) James Cook University’s Education Central is the result of an intense reassessment by the architect and the University as to how contemporary students can learn. The resulting building and spaces are extraordinarily diverse and effective providing an enormously successful learning environment and a major contribution to the Universities urban landscape.


  • The Cairns Institute
    (Woods Bagot in collaboration with RPA Architects) This building is a result of the design competition for the university to create a memorable building as a symbol of its new direction. It takes an adventurous approach in plan, form and building fabric in responding to the local landscape and its important place in the developing campus master plan.


  • Gold Coast University Hospital
    (GCUH Architecture (PDT + STH + HASSELL) A refined resolution of an extraordinarily complex project that successfully reconciles both clinical and human aspects of the therapeutic care environment. Carefully curated engagement with the parkland setting and sophisticated interiors provide high quality amenity that is comforting and engaging.


  • Centre for Advanced Imaging
    (John Wardle Architects + Wilson Architects (Architects in Association) The project provides teaching, research and laboratory facilities on a site with difficult access constraints. The impressive southern elevation consists of carefully scaled vertical concrete blades providing complete sun protection to the double glazed curtain wall. This allows internal views out through the eucalypts towards the cricket oval.



Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing:


  • Bower @ Bells Reach
    (JMA Architects Qld) Affordability, scale, diversity and integration are immediately evident in this contextual group of 11 freehold row-houses. The entry level reference, is well complimented by the elevational richness and depth created by shadows, appropriate diverse materials, minimal but useable setbacks, and subtle interconnection of elements. Sustainable principles are also embodied and liveability is uncompromised.


  • Seahaven Resort – Noosa Heads
    (dm2architecture pty ltd) The rebirth of Seahaven is a strong statement for recycling, rather than rebuilding, in this dune front landscape of Noosa’s main beach. The intelligent reconfiguring of the beachfront terraces has enhanced the engagement with the beach, in both directions, and promotes the Noosa vernacular.


  • Bonney Lane Affordable Housing
    (Cox Rayner Architects) The affordable housing at Bonney Lane presented by Cox Rayner Architects quietly and deftly responds to its context through retained fragments, robust materiality and responsive orientation. The buildings considered and generous spaces are balanced with exceptional user amenity and humility, exhibiting excellence in public housing.


Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions):


  • Indooroopilly Residence
    (Kieron Gait Architects) The introduction of this carefully planned, light filled two storey addition, with refined detailing that celebrates the structural integrity and pallet of selected materials, has afforded a relaxed sense of connection, visual and physical, from within the house to the generous private garden and borrowed landscape beyond.


  • West End Tower
    (Owen and Vokes and Peters) This is a sophisticated, considered and poetic piece of architecture, reflective of a deep understanding of the vernacular style from which it manifests. The house engages the senses through a range of exquisite but surprisingly modest spaces, all beautifully detailed in a palette of textural materials.


  • Additions & Alterations to 78 Nothling Street
    (Tim Bennetton Architects) This considered renovation adds a depth to the client’s emotional connection the vernacular ‘fibro beach shack’. The simple low pitch of the extension, separated by a breezeway, is sympathetic to the scale and lightness of the existing house and features handmade polycarb barn doors and PVC awnings.


  • Ten7
    (Shane Denman Architects) The Ten7’s compact residential addition has successfully pushed planning parameters.   Design collaboration between Architect and client is clearly evident, breathing new life into a lifestyle and living environment that was experiencing change.  This is a positive and robust intervention to the gritty Palm Beach coastal urban edge.


  • Panorama Drive
    (Owen and Vokes and Peters) The dramatic local terrain inspired this angular form. The black / white colour scheme diminishes its visual presence and preserves the primacy of original house. The redefined entry and circulation spine brings in surrounding light but the central element is a new permeable and open kitchen. Small and beautifully crafted ‘projects within projects’ create connections to the original house.


  • In-Between Room
    (Phorm Architecture+Design) The introduction of an elegantly folded canopy, sleeved between the existing roof lines of the residence and pavilion, has successfully transformed the negative space between these structures into a flexible living space central to family activities whilst remaining adaptive to climatic conditions.


  • Highgate Hill House
    (Twofold Studio & Cox Rayner Architects) A sublime piece of architecture, expressed through intricate detailing that is seamlessly engaged with an ironically humble brief. A visceral experience of occupation is manifest through a series of spatially modest but poetically executed rooms. A bespoke, controlled garden and sequence of outdoor living zones complete the project.


  • Point Lookout Beach Shack
    (Marc&Co Architects) This is a gorgeously unpretentious but intimate outcome, reflective of a deep understanding of the potential of beach side living. A seemingly eclectic but equally poetic sequence of spaces have been carefully curated to function as a whole, all wonderfully detailed in the classic “Straddie Shack” vernacular.


Residential Architecture – Houses (New):


  • Dolphin Court Residence
    (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.


  • Whyatt House
    (Robinson Architects) Connection to the bush is reinforced in this project through a robust approach to structure. The idea of a big ‘shed’ as part of the composition provided a successful workable solution within budget constraints. The recycled timber ‘wedge’ elevation reinforces the notion of a ‘wool’ shed whilst concrete block work creates thermal and acoustic protection. Client ideas and desires have been respectfully responded to.


  • Thorn
    (aardvarc) A small, well considered house that captures the casual atmosphere of original Queensland verandahs, allowing full appreciation of the site’s views and breezes. The sustainable nature of the design stays within the tight budget but provides a positive design solution that delights and engages the client.


  • Oxlade Drive House
    (James Russell Architect) An intelligent, appropriate reinterpretation of the possibilities inner city living. A robust and unexpected series of devices and palette of materials engage the senses and heighten the connection between the inside and out. A provocative, poetic but practical outcome, testament to James’s discourse of living in the sub-tropics.


  • The Beach Box
    (OGE Group Architects) The utilisation of ‘once used’ shipping containers provides a robust and cost effective opportunity to re-engage with the beach culture and mixed use zoning of Buddina. The grouping provides separate private zones with pop outs for greater internal widths; linking with decks and courtyards and a simple skillion roof over entry referencing modest beach house vernacular. This playful use of containers, engages simple yet appropriate interiors and integration with the landscape. However its power lies in the way it engages with the street and greater public domain through blurred internal/external and public/private boundaries, street furniture and through its honest and engaging presentation.


  • Courtyard Residence
    (Blueprint Architects) An understated and refined building form which reveals itself as a generous, well-proportioned family residence planned as a series of pavilions linked by courtyard space, the architectural resolve is elegantly detailed with a constrained pallet of materials allowing the landscape to be the focus throughout the journey.


  • Stamp House
    (Charles Wright Architects) This house is an extraordinary response to a very personal and adventurous brief for a new type of tropical house in a remnant paddock in the rainforest. The concrete fabric chosen for permanence, robustness and thermal mass is placed on a man-made lake and shaped and patterned around its quirky personal spaces to somehow make its other worldly presence take its place in the world’s oldest and most pristine landscape.


Small Project Architecture:


  • The Forum St Joseph’s Cathedral
    (Tony Madden Architects) This clean simple well executed space successfully links the two existing buildings on the site, while being respectful to the heritage qualities of the main Cathedral Building. The additional space created is highly useable and functional and sits comfortably in its location.


  • Baroona Road Mixed Use Redevelopment
    (Shane Thompson Architects) This corner retail site has been re-activated by a ‘pergola’ structure that contributes masterfully to the street and maintains its commercial viability. The use of exposed timber structure, brickwork and translucent sheeting all add to the texture and tactility of the space. This project is an example of the strength of a small insertion into an urban fabric.


  • PARC Pavilion
    (BVN Donovan Hill) This surprisingly informal entry area to one of the country’s largest practices was conceived as a welcoming gesture after the merger of the original businesses. As a well-functioning events space it presents an insight into the practice’s design philosophy and its experience in modulating space and program.


  • Studio 217
    (Amalie Wright & Richard Buchanan) Studio 217 is an exquisitely crafted jewellery box tucked underneath heritage-listed Craigston. It is simultaneously able to unpack [and re-pack] the requirements of a commercial office, guest accommodation and delightful pastimes effortlessly. Inventive detailing eloquently reinforces rich materiality and historical significance, leaving nothing unconsidered.


  • Malanda Falls Visitors Centre
    (Charles Wright Architects) The simple and strong idea of directly linking the building to country has generated a unique form that is fitting for its role as a tourist catcher and a symbol of the Malanda landscape. The approach has helped such a building be realized from a challenging brief and delivery process.


Urban Design:


  • Griffith University Nathan Campus Revitalisation
    (Cox Rayner Architects) The project provides a coherent sequence of settings that unite a previously dislocated campus denying the inherent opportunities between buildings. A central promenade descends gently from the ring road down to a generous canopy covered plaza. Prolific tree like steel shade structures establish lively places and enjoyable occupation.