Emerging architects and innovation dominate architecture awards

The 2017 Tasmanian Architecture Awards winners have been announced at St David’s Cathedral. The work of twelve practices has been recognised from a field of 28 entries – a record number. This year’s entries ranged from innovative new homes to airports, bars, a child care centre and even a toilet block.

Core Collective Architects took home three awards for their Sunnybanks House at Middleton on the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, including an award for New Houses, Steel Architecture and Sustainable Architecture.

Notably, emerging architecture practices dominated the entrants and winners this year. Taylor and Hinds won the pinnacle Esmond Dorney Award for Residential Architecture for Cross House at Franklin and the Edith Emery Award for Residential Architecture (Alts & Adds) for Longview Ave Garden Room.

Room 11 also took home a swag of awards, including for Residential Architecture, Commercial Architecture and the new Barry McNeill Award for Sustainable Architecture. Room11 director Thomas Bailey also won the 2017 Emerging Architect Prize.

Emerging architects Liz Walsh and Alex Nielsen won the prestigious Henry Hunter Triennial Prize for the best heritage architecture of the last three years for #thebarntas. Maximilian Cooke won the SWT Blythe Student Prize.

Other big winners include Cumulus Studio, who won the Sydney Blythe Award for Educational Architecture for Lady Gowrie Tasmania Integrated Centre for Children and Families in South Hobart, and Preston Lane won their first named award for Milkman’s Cottage in the hotly contested Small Project Architecture category.

John Wardle Architects won pinnacle named awards for Heritage Architecture and Interior Architecture for their sensitive restoration of Captain Kelly’s Cottage on Bruny Island. Esmond Dorney’s St Pius X Church, built in 1958, won the award for Enduring Architecture.

Jury chair Genevieve Lilley said that “Tasmanian architects, and their clients, are leaders in resourcefulness and authenticity – forever fashioning big ideas into pivotal buildings with modest budgets, and this is especially evident in the common-sense-craft presented at this year’s awards.”

Award winners are included in a special lift-out in the Sunday Tasmanian on Sunday 25 June and all entries are on show at Hobart’s Brooke Street Pier until 10 July. Tasmanians are invited to vote for their favourite project in the annual people’s choice prize at the exhibition or online at wp.architecture.com.au/tasawards

Full list of winners:

Commercial Architecture
Launceston Airport Retail Transformation – The Buchan Group
Shambles Brewery – Room 11

Educational Architecture
Sydney Blythe Award
Lady Gowrie Tasmania Integrated Centre for Children and Families – Cumulus Studio
Lauderdale Primary School – Kinder and Classroom Additions – Preston Lane Architects

Interior Architecture
Alexander North Award
Captain Kelly’s Cottage – John Wardle Architects
St Albi – Cykel Architecture

Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Esmond Dorney Award
Cross House – Taylor and Hinds Architects
D’Entrecasteaux House – Room 11
River’s Edge House – Stuart Tanner Architects
Sunnybanks House – Core Collective Architects
Nelson House – Room 11

Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Edith Emery Award
Longview Avenue Garden Room – Taylor and Hinds Architects
Minallo Residence – Jaws Architects

Small Project Architecture
Peter Willmott Award
Milkman’s Cottage – Preston Lane Architects
Princes Park Toilets – Terroir Architects

Heritage Architecture
Roy Sharrington Award
Captain Kelly’s Cottage – John Wardle Architects

Sustainable Architecture
Barry McNeil Award
Shambles Brewery – Room 11
Sunnybanks House – Core Collective Architects

Enduring Architecture Award
St Pius X Church – Esmond Dorney

Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture
Sunnybanks House – Core Collective Architects

Additional Prizes
Henry Hunter Triennial Prize
#thebarnTAS – Workbylizandalex
President’s Prize
Karen Davis FRAIA
Emerging Architect Prize
Thomas Bailey RAIA, Room 11
S. W. T. Blythe Student Prize
Process as Spectacle – Maximilian Cook

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