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Rail stations win top prize for public buildings

15 Nov

October 29, 2010 Helen Pitt SMH

NSW has won eight of the 33 awards and commendations in this year’s National Architecture Awards, including the nation’s most prestigious public architecture award for the Epping to Chatswood rail link intermediate stations.

The lord mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, and the City of Sydney council received five awards for three projects it commissioned – Pirrama Park at Pyrmont, Paddington Reservoir Gardens and Surry Hills Library and Community Centre – an unprecedented number for one client in the Australian Institute of Architects National Awards’ 30-year history.

01. The Epping to Chatswood rail link intermediate stations won the Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture.


02. Paddington Reservoir Gardens, winner of the National Award for Heritage.


03. Pirrama Park in Pyrmont, winner of the Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design. Photo: Kate Geraghty.


04. 5-9 Roslyn Gardens in Kings Cross, winner of the Harry Seidler Award for commercial architecture. Photo: Nick Moir


05. The Sydney architect Peter Strutchbury won one of the International Awards for this house in Japan.


06. Surry Hills Library and Community Centre, winner of the National Award for Sustainable Architecture.


07. The ANZ Centre in Melbourne, winner of the Emil Sodersten Award for Interior Architecture.


08. Tree of Knowledge Memorial, Barcaldine, Queensland, winner of the Lachlan Macquarie Award for Heritage.


09. The new UNSW Village was commended in the multiple residential category of this year’s National Architecture Awards.


10. Trial Bay house, the first Tasmanian house to receive the top honour in the Robin Boyd Award for residential architecture.

At an awards ceremony in Canberra last night, the Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture went to the north-western Sydney rail interchange, which also won the NSW Sulman Award for Public Architecture for architects Hassell earlier this year.

Despite the uproar about the demolition of the former Baron’s building in Roslyn Street, Kings Cross, its replacement, designed by Durbach Block Architects, won the Harry Seidler Award for commercial architecture.

The National Award for Sustainable Architecture went to Surry Hills Library and Community Centre, by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp. The underground ”archaeological ruins” of Paddington Reservoir Gardens, by architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer with JMD Design, won the National Award for Heritage. The Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design was awarded to Pirrama Park at Pyrmont Hill by Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects/Aspect Studios/CAB.

”For a city enamoured with its harbour image, Sydney has surprisingly few places where you can dangle your feet in the water,” the judges said of Pirrama Park, the former Water Police headquarters that has been transformed into a multi-use 1.8-hectare harbourside park.

Its sandstone artefacts, innovative playground, shoreline promenade and ”Stevedore Walk”, recalling the area’s wharves and workers, ”offers a model for the future redevelopment of the foreshore,” the judges said.

”This is a great public space because it respects the past without treating it as a museum artefact … It feels like every activity the community could want is catered for,” they said.

The judges commended the City of Sydney and Cr Moore, who recently resigned from her role on the Barangaroo redevelopment, for courage in commissioning high-quality public projects that ”teach us new things about our approaches to sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint”.

”I would hope the recognition through these awards gives public-sector clients more courage to commission more of these sorts of projects,” the jury chairwoman, Melinda Dodson, said.

The Sydney architect Peter Stutchbury won one of the International Awards for a house he designed in Japan, and for the first time a Tasmanian house – Trial Bay house, by HBV Architects – has received the top honour in the Robin Boyd Award for residential architecture. In the multiple residential category the new UNSW Village by Architectus was commended.

This is the sixth time a NSW building has won Australia’s highest architectural accolade. The awards began in 1981.

Source- http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/rail-stations-win-top-prize-for-public-buildings-20101028-175uy.html

Australia's "best" architecture- 2009 awards.

15 May

Here we have a collection of the same old tired 60s-70s forms going to the same old bunch of people. Enjoy!

01. The Robyn Boyd award for residential house architecture … Freshwater House, Harbord, NSW, designed by Chenchow Little Architects. Photo: John Gollings

02. National architecture award for residential house architecture … Zac’s House, Sorrento, Victoria, designed by Neeson Murcutt Architects. Photo: Brett Boardman

03. National architecture award for residential house architecture … Whale Beach House, Whale Beach, NSW, designed by Neeson Murcutt Architects. Photo: Brett Boardman

04. National commendation for residential house architecture … Arm End House, Opossum Bay, Tasmania, designed by Stuart Tanner Architects. Photo: Brett Boardman

05. The Frederick Romberg award for residential architecture (multiple housing) … Balencea Apartments, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, VIC, designed by Wood Marsh Architecture in association with Sunland Design. Photo: Peter Bennetts

06. The national commendation for residential architecture (multiple housing) … Apartments in Cottesloe, WA, designed by Blane Brackenridge. Photo: Robert Frith

07. National award for small project architecture … Polygreen, Northcote, VIC, designed by Bellemo and Cat. Photo: Peter Hyatt

08. The Harry Seidler award for commercial architecture … The ivy hotel, Sydney, NSW, designed by Woods Bagot in collaboration with Merivale Group and Hecker Phelan and Guthrie. It also received a national award for urban design. Photo: Trevor Mein

09. National award for commercial architecture … Sussan and Sportgirl’s headquarters, Cremorne, VIC, designed by Durbach Block Architects. Photo: Patrick Bingham Hall

10. National award for commercial architecture … Bendigo Bank headquarters, Bendigo, VIC, designed by BVN Architecture and Gray Puksand. It also received a commendation for sustainable architecture. Photo: John Gollings

11. National commendation for commercial architecture … Warry Street Studio, Fortitude Valley, QLD, designed by HASSELL. Photo: Dianna Snape

Source- http://smh.domain.com.au/photogallery/australias-best-houses-2009/20100428-ts70.html

Paper buildings could become recyclable student housing

22 Feb

I’d never of thought you could build a multi-story house out of cardboard but that’s exactly what Col James of Stutchbury and Pape architects has done. It just goes to show what can be achieved when you think outside the box  .

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Depot Beach House by Stutchbury and Pape

22 Feb

Depot Beach House,
Depot Beach, NSW (near Bateman’s Bay)
Completed 2007

Following the tradition of the Australian beach shack, this replacement ‘shack’ amplifies the notion of “holiday” as did its predecessors. Materials are similar, the kids bunk house is provided, a big games room and lots of area for outside living. A large moving sunshade allows the sun into the house in winter. A large elevated living / cooking environment can reasonably accommodate up to 22 people. The building is passive solar with good thermal mass for storage of heat in winter and ‘coolth’ in summer. A flexible, polite, provocative structure whose patterns originate from the freedom of a real holiday cottage.

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