The governor of Tasmania, Peter Underwood, announced the Institute’s Tasmanian Chapter awards on 16 June 2012.
MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art by Fender Katsalidis, received the Alan C Walker Award for Public Architecture and the People’s Choice Award. The jury described the project as “a place of mystery, exploration and wonder – unconventional, unpredictable, where the visitor can feel comfortably lost amongst extraordinary art.”
The Shearer’s Quarters by John Wardle Architects also received two awards – the Esmond Dorney Award for Residential Architecture and the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture – for “the inspiring experience that awaits those ‘shearers’ lucky enough to stay over.”
The Roy Sharrington Smith Award for Heritage went to 42 Goulburn Street, Hobart, by Circa Morris-Nunn for its “exemplary conservation and adaption” of the former Bull’s Head Hotel (circa 1828) into two apartments, where the modern additions are “nicely balanced with the original patinated surfaces to give a richness that is hard to achieve.”
The Enduring Architecture Award went to the “sensitive and elegant” Former Reserve Bank Building, 111 Macquarie Street, Hobart, designed by the Commonwealth Department of Works.
The James Blackburn Triennial Prize for the best residential project over the last three years went to Trial Bay House by HBV Architects as “an outstanding example of complex and sophisticated residential architecture,” where “materiality and detailing are highly considered and consequently, the house is spatially interesting, yet calm.”
Ceridwen Owen chaired the 2012 Tasmanian Chapter awards jury, which included Peter Tonkin, Cath Hall, Martin Stephenson and Natasha Cica.
For a full list of awarded projects, see the 2012 Tasmania Chapter awards article under the Awards section.