‘Distinguished’ apartment towers win big at 2020 Newcastle Architecture Awards

A two-tower apartment building that “brings a distinguished presence to Newcastle’s streetscape and skyline” bagged a swag of awards at the 2020 Newcastle Architecture Awards, emerging as this year’s most feted project.

Verve Residences by CKDS Architecture with Hill Thalis Architecture and Urban Projects won the prestigious Newcastle Architecture Medal, along with the award for Residential Architecture – Houses (Multiple Housing) and a commendation for Sustainable Architecture.

Consisting of a pair of towers and a linear podium fronting King Street, the project accommodates 208 apartments, with a mix of retail and commercial spaces addressing the street and new canal frontage.

Judges said the project “sets a new standard of urban architecture in Newcastle, an exemplar combining public benefits, activation and leading residential design.”

St Bede’s Catholic College, Chisholm - Stage 1 by SHAC was also very succesful, winning the Educational Architecture award and Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture as well as taking home a commendation for Sustainable Architecture.

With 33 projects entered into the awards this year, eight projects were given awards and another eight commendations were given.

“The culture of design in Newcastle is evidently very strong,” said jury chair Sam Crawford, of Sam Crawford Architects. “This year’s entries were of the highest calibre, highlighting the diversity of work being undertaken in the region. The award-winning projects showcase the extraordinary breadth of talent in the Newcastle architecture community and the ingenuity of local architects working within constrained budgets.”

2020 Newcastle Architecture Awards

Newcastle Architecture Medal

Verve Residences – CKDS Architecture with Hill Thalis Architecture and Urban Projects

Educational Architecture

Award

St Bede’s Catholic College, Chisholm - Stage 1 – SHAC

Residential Architecture – Houses (New)

Awards

Beach House – Architecture Saville Isaacs

Vikki’s Place – Curious Practice

Commendation

Point Frederick House – Slater Architects

Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)

Award

Parry Street – Curious Practice

Commendation

JAM House – Ramsey Awad Architect

Residential Architecture – Houses (Multiple Housing)

Award

Verve Residences – CKDS Architecture with Hill Thalis Architecture and Urban Projects

Heritage

Award

Signal Box Restaurant – Derive Architecture and Design

Interior Architecture

Commendations

Beach House – Architecture Saville Isaacs

Cooks’ House – Curious Practice

DFK Crosbie Workplace – SDA

Small Project Architecture

Commendation

The Boatshed – Sally Morgan Architect with Matt Griffin Designer

Sustainable Architecture

Commendations

St Bede’s Catholic College, Chisholm - Stage 1 – SHAC

Verve Residences – CKDS Architecture with Hill Thalis Architecture and Urban Projects

Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture

Award

St Bede’s Catholic College, Chisholm - Stage 1 – SHAC

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