Excellence on Show at Tasmanian Architecture Awards
Hobart’s striking landmark, The Hedberg, has scooped the Tasmanian Architecture Awards, winning the top honour and a string of other major awards in acknowledgement of its design and technical excellence.
The Awards last night awarded LIMINAL Architecture with WOHA the state’s pre-eminent award, the Tasmanian Architecture Medal, as well as The Alan C Walker Award for Public Architecture, The Dirk Bolt Award for Urban Design, The Roy Sharrington Smith Award for Heritage, and The Alexander North Award for Interior Architecture, for their design of the performing arts precinct building.
The jury commended the public architecture for bringing together heritage and contemporary elements, along with complex technical requirements.
“A world-class Performing Arts Centre, it brings music and performance hubs, theatre spaces and creative workspaces to the centre of Hobart,” the Jury said. “The Hedberg is significant not only as a performing arts destination, but also for successfully stitching together its historical past and for its exceptional public access to the building.”
The Tasmanian Architecture Awards
The Tasmanian Architecture Awards were held last night at Spring Bay Mill, attracting 150 built environment professionals from across the state to acknowledge the state’s leading designs. Winners were acknowledged across 10 project categories, highlighting the breadth of excellence across the state.
Tasmanian Chapter President Stuart Tanner said the Tasmanian Architecture Awards celebrated the positive impact of high-quality architecture on the community.
“Everyone benefits from good design and good architecture brings integrity, durability and innovation to the fore,” he said. “Where there might be the ordinary, there can be joy and invention. Architecture offers sensitivity in an often fast-paced and abrasive world.”
The residential categories attracted strong competition. Bence Mulcahy’s Fusilier Cottage won The Edith Emery Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions) and an Award for Heritage for their renovation of the 1830s Battery Point Heritage Precinct home.
The jury hailed its sensitive extension of the Georgian cottage, allowing the integration of heritage and contemporary elements.
The Ray Heffernan Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing went to Goulburn Street Housing, designed by Cumulus. The public housing units are filled with natural light through connections to external spaces and clever planning.
“The use of internal pathways, heavily articulated with planters, furniture, and changing forms, punctuated with curated views, create an inner world that is still connected to the city around it,” the jury said.
Mays Point House from Tanner Architects won The Esmond Dorney Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New) for its “sleek, concrete pavilion that has a weighty yet quiet presence”. “A series of sleeping, sitting and living spaces stretch along a single level under a winged roof, each focussed on the extraordinary southerly views across the large rural property,” the jury said.
The Peter Willmott Award for Small Project Architecture was awarded to the Sandy Bay Long Beach Amenities, by Preston Lane, for its “delightful interpretation” of the public toilet block. It was also awarded the COLORBOND Award for Steel Architecture.
“Long Beach Amenities is a wonderful example of how a small building can have a widespread and generous community impact, making it a sustainable typology for the future,” the jury said.
The Award for Enduring Architecture was awarded to Rosny Park’s 1970s Clarence Council Chambers from Bush Parkes Shugg and Moon as “an enduring building representative of an important phase in Tasmanian architecture evolution”. “Nearly fifty years on, the building stands with only minor alterations, and continues to perform its civic, administrative and ceremonial duties,” the jury said.
The Australian Institute of Architects Awards program offers an opportunity for public and peer recognition of the innovative work of architects. The program also provides the Institute with a valuable mechanism to promote architects and architecture across Australia and internationally.
The winners from Tasmania progress to the National Architecture Awards program, recognised as the most prestigious and rigorous of its kind.
2022 Tasmania Architecture Award Jury
- Timothy (Tim) Hurburgh FRAIA – H2o Architects
- Lucy Burke-Smith RAIA – Purcell
- Dik Jarman RAIA – Circa Morris-Nunn Chua Architects
- Jason Licht RAIA – Licht Architecture
- Judith Abell – City of Hobart
2022 Tasmania Architecture Award Winners
*Please note that the named award in bold is the highest award in each category.
- The Hedberg – LIMINAL Architecture with WOHA | The Alan C Walker Award for Public Architecture
- Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment – Lyons with Terroir | Commendation for Public Architecture
- Cradle Coast campus at West Park, University of Tasmania – John Wardle Architects in collaboration with Philp Lighton Architects & Room 11 | Award for Educational Architecture
- Dover District School Year 11/12 Redevelopment – Bence Mulcahy | Commendation for Educational Architecture
Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
- Mays Point House – TANNER ARCHITECTS | The Esmond Dorney Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
- View House – Archier | Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
- Bluff House – Spring Beach – Preston Lane | Commendation for Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
- Casa Acton – Archier | Commendation for Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
- Fusilier Cottage – Bence Mulcahy | The Edith Emery Award for Residential Architecture -Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
- Goulburn Street Housing – Cumulus | The Ray Heffernan Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
- UTAS Melville Street – Nettletontribe | Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing Commercial Architecture
- Spring Bay Mill Ridge Quarters – Gilby + Brewin Architecture | Award for Commercial Architecture
- The Hedberg – LIMINAL Architecture with WOHA | Roy Sharrington Smith Award for Heritage
- Fusilier Cottage – Bence Mulcahy | Award for Heritage
- The Hedberg – LIMINAL Architecture with WOHA | Alexander North Award for Interior Architecture
- The Hedberg – LIMINAL Architecture with WOHA | The Dirk Bolt Award for Urban Design
- Goulburn Street Housing – Cumulus | Award for Urban Design
- North Esk Pedestrian Bridge, University of Tasmania – John Wardle Architects | Commendation for Urban Design
Small Project Architecture
- Long Beach Amenities – Preston Lane | The Peter Willmott Award for Small Project Architecture
- Spring Bay Mill Ridge Quarters – Gilby + Brewin Architecture | Award for Sustainable Architecture
COLORBOND Award for Steel Architecture
- Long Beach Amenities – Preston Lane | COLORBOND Award for Steel Architecture
- Clarence Council Chambers – Bush Parkes Shugg and Moon | Award for Enduring Architecture
PRESIDENT’S PRIZE 2022
Peter Cripps LFRAIA
EMERGING ARCHITECT PRIZE 2022
Jason Licht RAIA – Licht Architecture
SWT BLYTHE STUDENT PRIZE 2022
Neo-Gaya – Rui Shen Chong
TASMANIAN ARCHITECTURE MEDAL 2022
The Hedberg – LIMINAL Architecture with WOHA