The winners of the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2018 International Chapter Awards were announced at a ceremony in Singapore on 20 July. The awards recognize the achievements of architects who are members of the Australian Institute of Architects working overseas.
Eight awards and commendations were presented to seven projects located in Singapore, Thailand and Sri Lanka.
Among the winners was the new Australian Embassy Bangkok, designed by BVN, which recieved the Interior Architecture Award. The jury said, “From the red sand of the desert to the cities along the coastal fringe, the Australian landscape forms an intrinsic part of our national identity. This connection between land and culture provides the conceptual framework for the Australian Embassy in Bangkok, creating a distinctively Australian space within an urban Thai setting.”
Greenhil Li Architecture and Design received a Public Architecture award for New Wings for The Asian Civilizations Museum. “The success of the elegant new architecture, with its soft metallic sheen, airy volumes and crisp titanium detailing, lies in its distinctive yet productive cooperation with the materiality, form and use history of its heritage partner. Notably no part of the heritage building has been erased or obscured, rather it provides a counterpoise to the new,” said the jury.
The practice also recieved a commendation in the Small Projects category for Bayshore Park Underpass.
The four awarded projects are now in the running for the Jørn Utzon Award for International Architecture at the National Architecture Awards to be announced in Melbourne on 1 November.
2018 Australian International Chapter Awards winners:
New Wings at The Asian Civilisations Museum (Singapore) – Greenhil Li
Kampung Admiralty (Singapore) – WOHA
Australian Embassy Bangkok (Thailand) – BVN
Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
House 412 (Sri Lanka) – Pulina Ponnamperuma and Robust Architecture Workshop
Small Project Architecture
School-in-a-Box (Papua New Guinea) – Stephen Collier Architects
Bayshore Park Underpass (Singapore) – Greenhil Li
William J Mitchell International Chapter Prize
Dr Liu Thai Ker FRAIA – Morrow (Singapore)