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2011 Queensland Architecture Awards announced

The Queensland AIA Chapter awards were presented at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 24 June.

Among the many high quality projects that were celebrated was the Cobb and Co Museum, by Project Services, which won the F.D.G. Stanley Award for Public Architecture. The spaces and places within this complex reflect the whimsical and ever changing nature of the collection and presentation options. Community outreach and engagement are part of the built form as is the careful acknowledgment of its historical and geographical context.

The State Award for Public Architecture was presented to JMA Architects’ Kingaroy Crematorium. The project builds on the mature landscape in which it sits and is deliberately subservient to the cypress pines and eucalypts that establish a place of substance.

Winner of the Don Roderick Award for Heritage, the Cairns Cruise Terminal by Arkhefield and Total Project Group Architects in Association, is an important addition to the urban, cultural and commercial mix of the Cairns CBD. The heritage-listed waterfront shed has been recovered and repositioned as a city asset.

Solis, by Renato D’Ettorre Architects, won the top award for houses – the Robin Dods Award for Residential Architecture. This Hamilton Island project is a rare combination of a challenging tropical environment, panoramic steep site with uninterrupted views, an appropriate budget and a desire for an oasis for an international business owner. The result is a confident and thoughtful highly-crafted modernist house with a slowly unfolding richness of space, place, material and detail.

Donovan Hill’s DHAN plus won the State Award for Residential Architecture in the Houses category. The life and community of Point Lookout inspires the scale and context of this project and the detailing of humble materials demonstrates a true collaboration between the architect and builder with delightful results.

A complete list of award winners and project gallery will be published in the September issue of Architecture Australia.

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