Winners of 2018 Queensland Architecture Awards announced

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 backyard. 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

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