2018 Queensland Architecture Awards Revealed

The Australian Institute of Architects has announced the 2018 winners of Queensland's Architecture Awards.

Shortlisted projects ranged from multi-million-dollar masterplanned precincts to a temporary pavilion made from recycled materials.

Awards in each category were given to projects that considerately responded to their context and the often unique Queensland landscape.

Public Architecture

F.D.G Stanley Award

Blackwater Aquatic Centre|Liquid Blu Architects

Image: Angus Martin
Image: Angus Martin

The public architecture category was awarded to the Liquid Blu Architects for their Blackwater Aquatic Centre.

The jury noted that the centre responded "sensitively to the climate and its rural context", making a positive contribution to the community.

The centre is integrated into an already-established sporting precinct in Blackwater, a small mining community in Central Queensland.

Commercial Architecture

Beatrice Hutton Award

The Stores |

Cavill Architects in association with Jasper Brown Architects

Image: Christopher Frederick Jones
Image: Christopher Frederick Jones

The commercial architecture category was awarded to Brisbane firm Cavill Architects in collaboration with Jasper Brown Architects.

The heavily-landscaped Stores beat out much larger projects like the $650 million, Newman government-commissioned "Tower of Power" at 1 William Street.

The jury noted that the architects' decision to retain and revitalise the existing tenancy made a successful contribution to the neighbourhood and streetscape.

Educational Architecture

Jennifer Taylor Award

The Science Place|Hassell

Image: Andrew Rankin
Image: Andrew Rankin

The educational architecture gong went to Hassell for its $83 million learning and teaching facility in the heart of James Cook University's Townsville Campus.

The Science Place aims to make science visible, encouraging science-based careers.

The jury said that the architects' response to the large-scale and complex brief is clear and the "scale of architectural intervention is balanced and refreshing."

The building claimed Australia's first LEED Gold rating for an educational building.

Interior Architecture

G.H.M Addison Award

Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre|BVN

Image: Christopher Frederick Jones
Image: Christopher Frederick Jones

The interior architecture gong was awarded to BVN's Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre.

Designed for the Commonwealth Games the jury noted that the project had to consider its legacy beyond the Games.

"The interiors of the halls are white boxes that are pragmatically complex, yet allow good natural ventilation.

"The project withstood its greatest test during the Games and will continue to be an elite sporting facility of world-class quality."

Residential Architecture – Houses (New)

Robin Dods Award

Stradbroke House |

Tim Bennetton Architects with Gabriel Poole

Image: Harry Firth
Image: Harry Firth

The residential architecture award for a new build house was awarded to Tim Bennetton Architects with Gabriel Poole for a lightweight holiday house in Stradbroke Island.

The jury said that the building "demands of its occupants an engagement with the local environment and climate.

"There is an inventive wittiness and lyrical delight that brings a sense of joy to the visitor."

Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)

Elina Mottram Award

Gibbon St |Cavill Architects

Image: David Chatfield
Image: David Chatfield

The residential architecture category for a house alteration was awarded to Cavill Architects its Gibbon St project.

The jury noted that Gibbon St cleverly blurs the boundary between inside and out, creating a house that feels connected to the garden.

"The playful nature of the level changes amplifies both the connection to the garden and the experiential qualities of the house."

Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing

Job and Froud Award

M3565 Main Beach |Virginia Kerridge Architect

Image: John Gollings
Image: John Gollings

The residential architecture –multiple housing category was awarded to Virginia Kerridge Architecture for M3565 Main Beach, a

A multi-residential building that "truly responds to its environment", the eight-storey building comprises just seven apartments.

"In the context of multi-rise typology, this ambitious project makes subtle contributions to the public realm via shared landscaped edges," the jury wrote.

Small Project Architecture

Hayes and Scott Award

Northshore Pavilion|Anna O’Gorman Architect

Image: Christopher Frederick Jones
Image: Christopher Frederick Jones

The small project architecture gong was awarded to Anna O'Gorman Architect's Northshore Pavilion.

A temporary addition to the Northshore site – a 300-hectare redevelopment in Brisbane's Hamilton – the project was built with timber recycled from the Hamilton Wharves.

The jury noted that the project responds to the former wharves (now a concrete carpark) by providing an outdoor room for people to seek shade and engage with the river.

"The architect has responded to the colourful context of Eat Street to create a restrained and crafted building for visitors to enjoy."

Sustainable Architecture

Harry Marks Award

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve|Guymer Bailey Architects

Image: Scott Burrows
Image: Scott Burrows

The sustainable architecture awarded went to Guymer Bailey Architects for the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Located in the spectacular Glasshouse Mountains, north of Brisbane, the project makes the most of the site's magnificent views.

The jury noted the architect's emphasis on site preservation:

"Environmental and species management plans were adopted for endemic and endangered flora and fauna species to promote conservation and preservation of the site's natural habitat.

Enduring Architecture

Robin Gibson Award

Townsville Courts of Law |Edmund Sheppard Building

Hall, Phillips and Wilson Architects

Image: Richard Stringer
Image: Richard Stringer

The brutalist Townsville Courts building took out the award for enduring architecture.

Designed in the early 1970s, the jury said that the building remains "highly intact and the quality of the concrete workmanship enduring."

"The buildings were designed to be seen in the round and convey a strong civic presence to the street."

Urban Design

Karl Langer Award


Arkhefield, ARM and Archipelago Architects

Image: John Gollings
Image: John Gollings

The urban design award went to "AAA", a collaboration between architecture firms Arkhefield, ARM and Archipelago Architects.

The Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct is a 200-hectare area that was established to facilitate the creation of a mixed-use community with a particular focus on health knowledge.

Fourteen hectares of the overall masterplan was reserved as the location of the Commonwealth Games Village, while leaving a mixed-use legacy town centre.

The jury said the project establishes a critical link within the larger Health and Knowledge Precinct.

"An extremely complex program introduces an active residential heart through equitable pedestrian-orientated streetscapes with a playful aesthetic linking directly into the wider community."

The Australian Institute of Architects Art and Architecture Prize (Queensland)

Corps à Corps|IMA Courtyard

Artist: Celine Condorelli, architect: Dirk Yates (Speculative Architecture), landscape designer: Pete Shields

Image: Richard Stringer
Image: Richard Stringer

The Australian Institute of Architects Art & Architecture Prize was awarded to the Corps à Corps at the Institute of Modern Art.

Designed by artist Celine Condorelli, architect Dirk Yates and landscape designer Pete Shields the jury said the project seamlessly integrated art installation, landscape and architectural intervention.

"Signalling entry to the Institute, the installation is carefully formed to create shade, define space and invite occupation."

Main image: The Stores, West End by Cavill Architects in association with Jasper Brown Architects.

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