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The buildings that moved the judges at the ACT Architecture Awards

Ian Bushnell 18 June 2019 1

Austin Maynard Architects’ Empire House in Forrest took the top prize at the 2019 ACT Architecture Awards. Photo: Derek Swalwell.

A contemporary extension to an inner-south bungalow has won the Territory’s top architecture award at the 2019 ACT Architecture Awards.

The Canberra Medallion went to Austin Maynard Architects for their Empire House in Forrest, which also took out the top honour for Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions) winning the Gene Willsford Award.

Australian Institute of Architects ACT Jury Chair, Sarah Truscott said Empire was a refreshing experiment in quality over quantity where the owners and architects had worked together to retain the heritage of the existing home, with an overriding emphasis on craftsmanship and detailing to create compact, contemporary additions.

“Empire is located on a road that forms a key part of Burley Griffin’s masterplan. The architects have shown respect for Canberra’s built heritage by preserving the best of this home and creating smart additional living spaces inside and out for all seasons,” she said.

An internal view of the Empire House showing the connecting stairs between the two buildings. Photo: Derek Swalwell.

The extension was built by Preferred Builders and completed in January.

“As architects, we felt an incredible sense of responsibility to protect and preserve the original modest cottage, rather than following the trend of demolishing Canberra cottages and replacing with large McMansions,” Austin Maynard says.

“Empire House is an exercise in considered intervention and restraint. It would have been easier, and a lot less fun, to knock down the existing cottage and start again.

“The answer was to go in with a scalpel, making some big moves, without damaging too much. We cleared the site lines and created a corridor straight through the house, allowing still spaces and activity zones. We opened up to the outdoors and celebrated the exterior, giving clarity and creating a discussion between the old and the new.”

Edgeworth Apartments in Turner won the Sydney Ancher Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing for Cox Architecture and the Concrete House by Rob Henry Architects won the Malcolm Moir and Heather Sutherland Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New).

Concrete House. Photo: LightStudies.

ACT Chapter President Philip Leeson said this year’s awards saw 37 entries ranging from small alterations and additions to large public commercial buildings and institutions.

“Each year our awards showcase the extraordinary talent of the architecture profession and the outstanding buildings it produces and this year is no exception. The architects and their projects recognised by this year’s jury will enter the canon of great architecture that has contributed to the city of Canberra that we love,” he said.

The ANU’s Hanna Neumann Building by Clarke Keller and dwp design worldwide partnership received the Enrico Taglietti Award for Educational Architecture. The building also won the W Hayward Morris Award for Interior Architecture and the Pamille Berg Award for Art in Architecture.

Ms Truscott said this new building brought together ANU’s Mathematical Sciences Institute and Computer Science in a new teaching and research hub.

“Embedded coding in the façade and interior details create a series of mathematical puzzles for students to decipher as they work their way up the building with the most complex on the top level,” Ms Truscott said.

Hanna Neumann Building at the ANU. Photo: Rodrigo Vargas.

Wybalena Grove in Cook designed by Michael Dysart in 1974 and established by the Cook Aranda Housing Cooperative received the Sir Roy Grounds Award for Enduring Architecture, which is for buildings older than 25 years.

The Emerging Architect Prize was awarded to Will Gardner from Guida Moseley Brown Architects. The President’s Medal was awarded to Paul Barnett of Paul Barnett Design Group, while the Clem Cummings Award, which recognises the contributions by non-architects and architects to architecture and the public interest, was awarded to Jenny Edwards of Light House Architecture & Science.

ACT Chapter President Philip Leeson said this year’s awards saw 37 entries ranging from small alterations and additions to large public commercial buildings and institutions.

“Each year our awards showcase the extraordinary talent of the architecture profession and the outstanding buildings it produces and this year is no exception. The architects and their projects recognised by this year’s jury will enter the canon of great architecture that has contributed to the city of Canberra that we love,” he said.

The Hanna Neumann Building from the inside. Photo: Rodrigo Vargas.

A total of 30 Named Awards, Awards and Commendations were presented last Saturday night (15 June). Named Award and Award winners will now progress to the National Architecture Awards to be announced on Thursday 7 November 2019.

Full list of winners:

Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)

The Gene Willsford Award – Empire by Austin Maynard Architects

Award – Yarralumla Shed by Gerard O’Connell

Residential Architecture – Houses (New)

The Malcolm Moir and Heather Sutherland Award – Concrete House by Rob Henry Architects

Award – Red Hill House by Mathieson Architects

Award – Courtyard House by Rob Henry Architects

Commendation – Carwoola House by de Rome Architects

Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing

The Sydney Ancher Award – Edgeworth Apartments by Cox Architecture

Commendation – Shophouse by JUDD.studio

Commendation – Warehouse by JUDD.studio

 

CGGS Early Learning Centre won the Derek Wrigley Award for Sustainable Architecture. Photo: Ben Wrigley.

Commercial Architecture

Commendation – Manuka Oval Media and Function Centre

Interior Architecture

The W Hayward Morris Award – ANU Hanna Neumann Building by Clarke Keller and dwp|design worldwide partnership

Commendation – Denman Village Shops by AMC Architecture

Educational Architecture

The Enrico Taglietti Award – ANU Hanna Neumann Building by Clarke Keller and dwp|design worldwide partnership

Award – CGGS Early Learning Centre by Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn

Public Architecture

Commendation – Cricket ACT by Clarke Keller

Small Project Architecture

The Cynthia Breheny Award – Charly_Demonstrator by Stack Space

 Sustainable Architecture

The Derek Wrigley Award – CGGS Early Learning Centre by Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn

Award – Courtyard House by Rob Henry Architects

 Enduring Architecture

The Sir Roy Grounds Award – Wybalena Grove (1974) by Michael Dysart

Wybalena Grove in Cook. Photo: Can Ercan.

COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture

Award – Shophouse by JUDD.studio

 Chapter Awards and Prizes

Canberra Medallion – Empire by Austin Maynard Architects

The Pamille Berg Award for Art in Architecture –ANU Hanna Neumann Building by Clarke Keller and dwp|design worldwide partnership

The Robert Foster Award for Light in Architecture – Red Hill House by Mathieson Architects

Architectural Professional Practice Award – Eric Martin, Eric Martin & Associates

President’s Medal – Paul Barnett, Paul Barnett Design Group

Clem Cummings Medal – Jenny Edwards, Lighthouse Architecture & Science

Emerging Architect Prize – Will Gardner, Guida Moseley Brown Architects

ACT Chapter Student Medallion – Byron Kelly, University of Canberra

Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn Graduate Prize – Mark Bersolto, University of Canberra

John Redmond Prize – Justin Williams, University of Canberra


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7:39 pm 18 Jun 19

Stephen thought of you guys in Cook. Good times!

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