Following the two days of live presentations, six Australasian projects received awards at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore.
On day one, Liberty Place by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT) was the winning project in the Office category. The Sydney CBD building pipped stiff international competition – including Shenzhen Stock Exchange by OMA and Swedbank Headquarters by 3XN – to take out the award. The building has “sensitively achieved the creation of a public space in a very urban context through placing and manipulating multiple interventions,” commented the jury. The category shortlist also included NAB 700 Bourke Street by Woods Bagot, 41X by Lyons. ASB North Wharf by BVN in association with Jasmax was highly commended in this category.
In the Future Projects: House category, Ian Moore’s The Olive Grove House won the top award. The jury commended the way the house is set against a sloping site. “We applaud the house’s dramatic presence in its environment,” said the jury. “We also like the simplicity in its form and its sustainable features.”
Across the Tasman in Auckland, Fearon Hay’s Te Kaitaka ‘The Cloak” took out the Display category. The property sales and marketing suite located near Auckland airport is ‘cloaked’ in a brass mesh and a verdant canopy of native plants that create a lush island of greenery in the bland, office park landscape that surrounds it. “It demonstrated an impressive process and experimentation with form and materials, leading to a bold and striking tectonic statement in a bland business park environment,” said the jury.
Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University by CRAB Studio was highly commended by the jury. As well, 500 Broadway by US-based Australian firm Koning Eizenberg was also highly commended in the Future Projects – Commercial Mixed Use category.
Kicking of the honour roll on day two, Lune de Sang Sheds by CHROFI which won the Production Energy and Recycling category against OMA’s G-Star Raw HQ and local competitor Cox Rayner’s Sir Samuel Griffith Centre.
Australian projects dominated the shortlist for Health category with three of the four projects being Australian. The winning project was the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse by HDR Rice Daubney, beating out local competitors Dandenong Mental Health Facility by Bates Smart and Whyalla Regional Cancer Centre by Hames Sharley.
In New Zealand, Dune House by Fearon Hay took out the Villa category while Regional Terminal at Christchurch Airport by BVN was highly commended in Transport. Fox Johnston and Nettleton Tribe’s Wentworth Park competition was another highly commended project in the Futre Projects – Residential category.
Shortlisted entrants presented live to a jury headed by Richard Rogers with Rocco Yim (Rocco Design Architects, Hong Kong), Julie Eizenberg (Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Los Angeles), Enric Ruiz Geli (Cloud9 Architecture Studio, Barcelona) and Peter Rich (Peter Rich Architects, Johannesburg). All the category winners will vye for the coveted title of Building of the Year, announced 3 October 2014. See the full list of winners from day one and day two.