The final instalment of the RAIA state awards, leading to the nationals in Canberra on 17th November.
|In this issue we feature the RAIA awards made in South Australia, the ACT, Queensland and the Northern Territory. The South Australian award program saw an overall emphasis on the recycling of well known Adelaide buildings. With this in mind David Harkin, President of the SA Chapter, commented that the entries showed that architects are not only aware of innovative design within new buildings, but are also able to be creative in their use of existing structures. Residential and renovation projects also featured strongly, reflecting South Australia’s bouyant housing market. The winner in the new building category was the Port Adelaide Football Club Player and Administration Centre by TECTVS Design, a building "clearly built around a football club and its culture".|
The architects also won the Archicentre-Renovation award for their ‘tree house" addition to a small cottage, poetically described by the client as "a living space nestled between my memories and my dreams".
The judges of the ACT awards had a particularly difficult time as the program has no building type categories. Nonetheless, the judges were unanimous in the level of award to be made for each building. Two projects received the premier award - the Canberra Medallion - this year. The judges believe that the quality of the CSIRO "Discovery" by Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn is evident in all aspects of the building. It is, they say, "a building with genius loci, a place with a special quality where science and the public are brought together". Dawson Brown Architecture also received a medallion for their additions to Sastrugi Lodge, Thredbo. The jury felt the project "respected and magnified" Otto Ernegg’s 1959 heritage-listed building.
Work on another existing building - Bligh Voller Nield’s National Library of Australia Executive Offices - received one of the two Awards. The other Award was for the Ducrou Pavilion, Australian National Botanical Gardens by Malcolm Munro & Associates. The architects also won the Small Practice Award for the "integration of architecture and landscape design evident in the practice’s work". The BHP Steel Award went to a project intriguingly described as "a caravan that has mated with an armadillo… It displays a fondness for 1950s caravans, and makes the architecture of impermanence a virtue." This "delightful anti-architecture" is the Mechanical Plant Enclosure, Ursula College, ANU by Denis Formiatti.
Queensland saw a number of awards go to development projects of various kinds. Denton Corker Marshall received the Civic Design Award for the South Bank Master Plan, while the Beatrice Hutton Award for commercial architecture went to the Harbour Town Shopping Centre by The Buchan Group. The Award of Merit in this category went to Russell Hall Architects’ Commercial, Retail and Medical Centre. This is an unusual project in that Russell Hall fabricated the folded, welded steel facade himself. Rex Addison’s house for his family, "a masterly accumulation of years of reflective thought, experiment and gained knowledge", won the Courier Mail People’s Choice Award. The house was also joint winner of the Robin Dods Award for housing with the St Lucia House by Peter Skinner and Elizabeth Watson-Brown Architects. The Museum of Tropical Queensland by Cox Rayner Associates with Barrett & Associates, "a landmark institutional building", received both the BHP Award and the FDG Stanley Award for public buildings.
The jurors in the Northern Territory travelled far and wide to visit the 18 entries in their award program. The Lolly Houses by Tangentyere Design won both the Tracy Memorial Award and the President’s Award. The jury commented, "This project deserves recognition not only as a mirror for us reflecting the spectrum of changing roles of non-Aboriginal intervention through paternalism to self-determination, but as an example of how our profession can contribute positively to the reconciliation process."