An exemplary landmark tower, a lavishly-crafted laboratory and an elegant, beautifully crafted home have been awarded the highest honours at the Australian Institute of Architects’ Brisbane Regional Architecture Awards announced tonight.
One One One Eagle Street by Cox Rayner Architects and the Translational Research Institute by Wilson Architects + Donovan Hill (Architects in Association) were jointly awarded the John Dalton Building of the Year Award along with a Regional Commendation.
Loucas Zahos Architects’ Taringa House project received a Regional Commendation and the House of the Year Award.
Cox Rayner’s riverside commercial tower forms the centrepiece of a trio of towers that marks the renowned precinct, originally master-planned by Harry Seidler.
‘This project ingeniously resolved complex planning constraints to realise a highly engaging and distinctive architectural centrepiece.
‘The organic structural-led design solution overtly expresses itself to create a uniquely sculptural building that transcends normal commercial imperatives and delivers an exemplary new landmark tower,’ the jury noted.
The Translational Research Institute by Wilson Architects + Donovan Hill (Architects in Association) features a memorable landscaped outdoor room that provides respite from the intensity of research.
‘A great sense of generosity and enjoyability is ingrained into every aspect of this laboratory building. It offers a series of lavishly-crafted spaces across a range of scales that redefine not only the cramped campus in which it is located, but also the laboratory building typology itself,’ said the jury.
An original worker’s cottage, Taringa House has been expanded with a juxtaposed new addition by Loucas Zahos Architects to accommodate family activity while retaining the traditional frontage, to allow the home to remain firmly settled in the existing street fabric.
‘A dramatic sectional idea connects an original timber cottage to the lost terrain of the back yard gully superbly. Drawn down into the site one is introduced to a grounded double height space elegantly sitting into the adjacent landscape. A beautifully crafted house displaying sophisticated tectonics with simplicity and warmth.’
In total 51 entries from the original 95 submitted were awarded Regional Commendations on the night and now progress to the Queensland Architecture Awards to be announced in Brisbane on 21 June.
Queensland 2013 Awards Jury Director, Mark Damant, and Regional Jury Coordinator, Sarah Rush, presented the Regional Commendations to Brisbane winners at the Awards ceremony at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
CLICK HERE for the full list of Regional Commendations awarded at the 2013 Brisbane Regional Architecture Awards or visit www.architecture.com.au/qld following the Awards ceremony on Friday 10 May.
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