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Winners revealed: 2017 NT Architecture Awards

The Northern Territory’s best architecture has been celebrated at the 2017 NT Architecture Awards held on Friday 16 June in Darwin. Bullocky Point Education Precinct by Mode was the most awarded project of the night being lauded by the jury as a building that “is most assuredly a work of the Northern Territory.”

The project received the chapter’s most prestigious honour, the Tracy Memorial Award, along with the Northern Territory Chapter Award for Educational Architecture and an Award for Interior Architecture.

Troppo Architects took home an Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing for Tropology for DHA, a tiny pair of two-storey small-lot houses, which represent a new and welcome alternative to current Territory housing options, offering increased density without the loss of lifestyle or amenity. “Dual occupancy is no longer a frightening concept for good tropical housing or for the DHA. Tropology leads the charge for the future densification of the tropical north,” the jury noted.

Remote and regional projects were also recognized in this year’s event. Djilpin Arts Pavilion by Insideout Architects, Tania Dennis, was honoured with the Indigenous Community Architecture Award, with the jury recongizing the project as a critical addition to the development of the Ghunmarn Cultural Precinct. “The success of the Djilpin Arts Pavilion is reflective of the collaborative spirit between the local community and architects that continues to underpin the evolving nature of the precinct,” the jury said. “The jury was briefed by members of the Indigenous community who expressed enthusiasm for the project and the way in which it had enhanced their enterprise.”

The Yali McNamara Award for Small Project Architecture went to Bower Studio, Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne for their “legacy project,” Wave Hill Walk-Off Pavilions, which commemorates a defining moment in Australia’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous history.

The Watarrka National Park Visitor Information Shelter by Tangentyere Design was awarded The George Goyder Award for Urban Design as well as the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture. The jury commented that “this project enhances the visitor environment and has seamlessly combined the spiritual needs of the traditional owners with the functional requirements of rangers for the wellbeing of visitors.”

Winners were selected from a field of 20 entries. Named Award and Award winners will now progressing to the National Architecture Awards to be announced in Canberra on Thursday 2 November.

Full list of winners:

Bullocky Point Education Precinct by MODE.

Bullocky Point Education Precinct by MODE.

Image: Gary Annett

The Tracy Memorial Award

Bullocky Point Education Precinct – Mode

Urban Design

Watarrka National Park Visitor Information Shelter by Tangentyere Design.

Watarrka National Park Visitor Information Shelter by Tangentyere Design.

Image: Andrew Broffman

George Goyder Award

Watarrka National Park Visitor Information Shelter – Tangentyere Design

Educational Architecture

Northern Territory Chapter Award

Bullocky Point Education Precinct – Mode

Award

Braitling Preschool – Susan Dugdale and Associates

Commendations

CDU Theatre Redevelopment – DKJ Projects Architecture

New Henbury School – Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Northern Territory Government with MKEA Architects

Casuarina Square, The Quarter by Altis Architecture.

Casuarina Square, The Quarter by Altis Architecture.

Image: Caroline Camilleri

Commercial Architecture

Peter Dermoudy Award

Casuarina Square, The Quarter – Altis Architecture

Interior Architecture

George Chaloupka Award

Information Technology and Management Support Unit – David Bridgman Architects

Award

Bullocky Point Education Precinct Interior Fitout – Mode

Tropology for DHA by Troppo Architects.

Tropology for DHA by Troppo Architects.

Image: Troppo Architects

Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing

Award

Tropology for DHA – Troppo Architects

Wave Hill Walk-off Pavilions by Bower Studio, Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne.

Wave Hill Walk-off Pavilions by Bower Studio, Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne.

Image: James Neil

Small Project Architecture

Yali McNamara Award

Wave Hill Walk-off Pavilions – Bower Studio, Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne

Commendations

Asbuild Office Fitout – Mode

The Bird Hide – Troppo Architects

Sustainable Architecture

Thorny Devil (Moloch Horridus) Award

Casuarina Square, The Quarter – Altis Architecture

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church by Andrew McPhee

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church by Andrew McPhee

Image: Courtesy Australian Institute of Architects

Enduring Architecture

Award

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church – Andrew McPhee

Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture

Watarrka National Park Visitor Information Shelter – Tangentyere Design

Commendation

Braitling Preschool – Susan Dugdale and Associates

Additional Prizes

Indigenous Community Architecture Award

Djilpin Arts Pavilion – Insideout Architects, Tania Dennis

Student Award

Yvonne Aralar, Charles Darwin University

President’s Prize

Clare Martin, Former Chief Minister

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