Regional innovation a highlight at Queensland Architecture Awards

Regional innovation a highlight at Queensland Architecture Awards

The winners of the Australian Institute of Architects’ Queensland State Architecture Awards have been announced at the annual Awards night on Friday 8 June.

Following an extensive Regional Architecture Awards program, 174 entries have been judged with 78 unique projects shortlisted for the state honours, some in multiple categories.

The highlight from this year’s judging was the exceptional quality of innovative projects emerging in Queensland’s regional communities. The quality of work from regional Queensland has shown a commitment to human centred design but also a focus on sustainable architecture that is responsive to the unique and varied climates that exist across Queensland.

The Blackwater Aquatic Centre by Liquid Blu Architects was a standout project, being awarded the highest honour, the FDG Stanley Award for Public Architecture. The aquatic centre has been integrated into an established sporting precinct that supports regional sporting groups and events.

‘Providing a small mining community with a cool place of respite and aquatic activities for all ages, the bulwark-like outer layer of rammed earth walls wrap themselves around three elevations affording refuge from the harsh environment.

‘The building makes a positive contribution to this community, with the architecture responding sensitively to the climate and its rural context. It is seen as a generous public asset, a welcome refuge and oasis within an otherwise remote and harsh setting,’ the jury noted.

The residential new build category was fiercely contested with the top honour, the Robin Dods Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New) going to Stradbroke House by Tim Bennetton Architects with Gabriel Poole.

‘This lightweight house in the island bush offers a friendly welcome to spaces of holiday delight. Arrival is via the beach, shoes removed on to an uncovered deck. The house appears as a series of tent structures floating above the land. Indoor and outdoor spaces flow seamlessly into each other embracing the natural surrounding landscape physically and visually,’ the jury noted.

‘There is an inventive wittiness and lyrical delight that brings a sense of joy to the visitor. A magical camping experience infuses this deceptively simple but sophisticated beach house.’

The Elina Mottram Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions) was awarded to Gibbon St by Cavill Architects.

‘The journey from the front door to the roof terrace has pockets of space along the way, a sunken lounge with a close garden view and a floating sitting room overlooking the back yard. This journey concludes at the rooftop, which feels like a secret hide out to a sweeping view. All of these crafted small spaces contribute to a memorable architectural experience,’ the jury said.

Queensland Chapter President, Paul Trotter congratulated winners and entrants for continuing to innovate and create projects that make a positive impact for those who work, live and play within them.

‘Architecture has the unique ability to impact upon people’s lives and create a legacy for future generations, this year’s award winners can all be proud of that achievement,’ Trotter said.

Projects that received a Named Award or Award are now in the running for the National Architecture Awards to be announced in November.


Full list of winners:

Commercial Architecture

Beatrice Hutton Award – The Stores, Cavill Architects in Association with Jasper Brown Architects
Award – Robina Market Hall Redevelopment, The Buchan Group
Commendation – 88 Limestone, Gibson Architects

Educational Architecture

Jennifer Taylor Award – The Science Place HASSELL
Award – The Centenary Library, Anglican Church Grammar School, Brand + Slater Architects Pty Ltd
Award – The Springfield Anglican College – Year 1 Classrooms, Architecture Kōen
Commendation – Griffith University Aquatic Centre, Conrad Gargett
Commendation – JK Murray Library Extension & Refurbishment, dwp | design worldwide partnership

Enduring Architecture

Robin Gibson Award – Townsville Courts of Law – Edmund Sheppard Building
Hall, Phillips & Wilson Architects Pty Ltd


Commendation – 259 Queen Street Main Lobby Refurbishment, Cox Architecture + Ruth Woods Architect

Interior Architecture

GHM Addison Award – Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre, BVN

Award – Headricks Lane, SP Studio
Award – Marchetti & Optiko, Cameron & Co
Commendation – 1 William Street, Woods Bagot
Commendation – NAB Place, Woods Bagot

Public Architecture

FDG Stanley Award – Blackwater Aquatic Centre, Liquid Blu Architects
Award – Curra Community Hall, Bark Design Architects
Award – les wilson barramundi discovery centre, bud brannigan architects
Commendation: Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre, BVN
Commendation: Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Guymer Bailey Architects

Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)

Elina Mottram Award – Gibbon St, Cavill Architects
Award – Camp Hill Cottage, Owen Architecture
Award – One Room Tower, phorm architecture + design with Silvia Micheli & Antony Moulis
Award – Yeronga House, Tim Bennetton Architects
Commendation – Milton Residence, m3architecture
Commendation – Yarrawonga, Counterpoint Architecture

Residential Architecture – Houses (New)

Robin Dods Award – Stradbroke House, Tim Bennetton Architects with Gabriel Poole
Award – Carpenter-Hall House, Russell Hall Architects P/L
Award – Tarragindi Steel House, Bligh Graham Architects
Award – V House, Shaun Lockyer Architects
Commendation – Avonlea, Robinson Architects
Commendation – tinbeerwah house, teeland architects

Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing

Job & Froud Award – M3565 Main Beach, Virginia Kerridge Architect
Award – Abian, Wood Marsh Architecture with Sunland Group
Award – Oxley + Stirling, Elenberg Fraser
Award – Spire Residences, John Wardle Architects
Commendation – Kailani Beach Houses, Andrew Bock Architecture

Small Project Architecture

Hayes & Scott Award – Northshore Pavilion, Anna O’Gorman Architect
Award – Ryan Street Library, Jonathan Goh Architect
Commendation – Dinosaur Canyon Outpost, Cox Architecture
Commendation – UQ Architecture School Entry, m3architecture

Sustainable Architecture

Harry Marks Award – Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Guymer Bailey Architects
Award – Blackwater Aquatic Centre, Liquid Blu Architects
Award – The Science Place, HASSELL
Commendation – Yeronga House, Tim Bennetton Architects

Urban Design

Karl Langer Award – Parklands, AAA – Arkhefield, ARM and Archipelago Architects
Award – Beerwah Tower Green, Bark Design Architects
Commendation – Centenary Lakes Nature Play, PAWA Architecture + LandPlan
Commendation – The Link, Lat27


Award – Gold Coast Sports Precinct, BVN

Art & Architecture

The Australian Institute of Architects Art & Architecture Prize (Qld) – Corps a’ Corps at the IMA Coutyard, Artist: Celine Condorelli, Architect: Dirk Yates (Speculative Architecture), Landscape Designer: Pete Shields