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Architects honour the National Arboretum and Light rail design

By 16 June 2014 2

The ACT Institute of Architects annual award ceremony was held at the weekend. The event took place at the REX hotel – an interesting choice of venue to celebrate good design…

Simon Corbell announced the winners of the light rail station design ideas competition.

“I am very pleased that the ACT Chapter of the Institute of Architects has chosen light rail as its competition theme this year. I am not surprised that the participants have grasped the opportunity and are already creating visions of the future; a connected future of new and exciting possibilities,” Mr Corbell said.

The ACT Chapter competition asked local architects to provide ideas on how a Dickson stop could respond to the nature of Canberra’s landscape and “Garden City” plan; how it would fit into the local community and transport network; and how it would architecturally present itself as a transportation hub and the possible gateway to the city.

“The designs presented demonstrate the extraordinary talent we have in the ACT. Together we will carry on the tradition of progressive and exciting planning design in Australia’s capital city,” Mr Corbell said.

Ann Cleary and Cassandra Cutler were awarded first prize for their entry, Urban Line. Mr Corbell presented Ann and Cassandra with the accolade via video link to Venice, where they are attending the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale as part of their prize.

Competition entries will be exhibited at the National Museum of Democracy at old Parliament House later this year.

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The National Arboretum (Tonkin Zulaikha greer and Taylor Cullity Lethlean) won the Sir John Overall Award for Urban Design and the Canberra Medallion.

“The National Arboretum has transformed a devastated site into a major education, research and recreation venue for the national capital,” The jury said.

Full list of winning projects:

Art in Architecture Prize
Winner – Hotel Hotel by March Studio
Winner – Australian National University Australian Centre on China in the World by Munns Sly Moore Architects in Association with Mo Atelier Szeto

BCA Certifiers Mervyn Willoughby-Thomas Renovation Award
Winner – Loft of Suburbia by Yuri Leong, ylarchitecture

Canberra Medallion
Winner – National Arboretum Canberra by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and Taylor Cullity Lethlean

COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
Award – The Mook by Rodney Moss in association with Ken Murtagh and Pip Smith
Commendation – Radford College–Radford Senior School by Cox Architecture

Commercial Architecture
John Andrews Award for Commercial Architecture – Canberra Centre Food Court by Cox Architecture
Education Prize
Winner – Taylor Primary School by Small Quinton Coleman Architects

Enduring Architecture
Award – Apostolic Nunciature 1976 – 1977 by Enrico Taglietti

Heritage Architecture
J S Murdoch Award for Heritage – Gudgenby-in-a-Box by Philip Leeson Architects
Commendation – NFSA Theatrette by Cox Architecture

INLITE Light in Architecture Prize
Winner – Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands by Philip Leeson Architects
Commendation – No.36 Stage 2 by Townsend + Associates Architects
Commendation – Australian National University Australian Centre on China in the World by Munns Sly Moore
Architects in Association with Mo Atelier Szeto

Interior Architecture
W Hayward Morris Award for Interior Architecture – Hotel Hotel by March Studio
Award – National Museum of Australia – Additions by ARM Architecture
Commendation – Virgin Australia Canberra Lounge by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer
Commendation – Radford College–Radford Senior School by Cox Architecture

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2 Responses to Architects honour the National Arboretum and Light rail design
#1
MERC6001:50 pm, 16 Jun 14

Well with $60m thrown at the tree plantation, it was due to win something.

#2
dungfungus3:22 pm, 16 Jun 14

Since when did architects design tree plantations? I thought that was the domain of landscapers (or landscape architects even, but they aren’t mentioned here).
They cite the award was for “urban design” but no one lives at the arboretum.
Anyhow, additional to the award was a medallion (the missing Lenin one?) which conveys nothing.
Anyhow, Minister Corbell has inducted architects into the fantasy world of “already creating visions of the future; a connected future of new and exciting possibilities”.
How much extra will this cost us?

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