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The Penleigh Essendon Grammar School Music House received an award for educational architecture. Image – John Gollings
  • The 40th annual National Architecture Awards were announced last week
  • Award winners were praised for intensiveness, imagination, pulchritude and multiplicity
  • The full list of winners can be found below

Held for the second consecutive year via livestream, last week’s National Architecture Awards night marked the 40th anniversary of the annual event.

The award winners were chosen from the shortlist of 57 finalists who were selected from the original 807 entries.

Jury Chair and Immediate Past National President Alice Hampson congratulated all winners and thanked all entrants.

“These awards attest to our profession’s inventiveness, imagination, pulchritude and multiplicity,” Ms Hampson said.

“Collectively, this year’s awarded works exhibit the richness, intelligence, viscerality, complexity, individuality and delight of which Australian architecture is capable.”

Alice Hampson, Jury Chair

One extremely notable project was the already highly awarded Monash Woodside Building for Technology and Design. 

Designed by Grimshaw in collaboration with Monash University this building received both the Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture and the David Oppenheim Award for Sustainable Architecture.

The project was highlighted for its sustainable design.

The jury commented, “the universality provided to this building through structure, daylight and amenity, through order in the plan and poetry in the whole, brings to light the architectural discipline like no other building noted by the jury this year.”

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Monash Woodside Building for Technology and Design. Image – Rory Gardiner

The Lachlan Macquarie Award for Heritage was presented to Williams Boag Architects.

They were recognised for their work on the historic Bendigo Former Mining Exchange.

The project was described by the jury as displaying “…both an enormous affection for the building, its meaning and story, and an intense desire to envision its ability to be useful for the future while enabling a deep and caring interpretation of the past.”

The Lavarack Barracks designed for the Australian Defence Force makes for an interesting addition to the prestigious awards list.

Designed by BVN, this project received the COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture as well as a National Award for Commercial Architecture.

A full list of this year’s award winners is below, the livestream of the event can be found on the Australian Institute of Architect’s website.

Winners of the 2021 Australian Architects Award

COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture

COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture QLD Land 121 Facilities Project, Lavarack Barracks BVN

 Commercial Architecture

The Harry Seidler Award for Commercial Architecture NSW Smart Design Studio Smart Design Studio
National Award for Commercial Architecture QLD Land 121 Facilities Project, Lavarack Barracks BVN
National Award for Commercial Architecture VIC Wangaratta Street MAArchitects

Educational Architecture

The Daryl Jackson  Award for Educational  Architecture NSW Barker College Rosewood Centre Neeson Murcutt + Neille
National Award for Educational Architecture VIC Penleigh Essendon Grammar School Music House McBride Charles Ryan
National Commendation for Educational Architecture VIC Geelong College Junior School John Wardle Architects

Enduring Architecture

National Award for Enduring Architecture VIC Olympic Swimming Pool Kevin Borland, John and Phyllis Murphy and Peter McIntyre, with engineer Bill Irwin

Heritage Architecture

The Lachlan Macquarie Award for Heritage VIC Bendigo Former Mining Exchange Williams Boag Architects
National Award for Heritage NSW Australian Museum Project Discover Cox Architecture with Neeson Murcutt + Neille

Interior Architecture

The Emil Sodersten Award for Interior Architecture NSW Smart Design Studio Smart Design Studio
National Commendation for Interior Architecture VIC Divided House Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

 International Architecture

The Jørn Utzon Award for International Architecture International One & Only Desaru Coast, Malaysia Kerry Hill Architects

Public Architecture

The Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture VIC Monash Woodside Building for Technology and Design Grimshaw in collaboration with Monash University
National Award for Public Architecture NSW Australian Museum Project Discover Cox Architecture with Neeson Murcutt + Neille
National Award for Public Architecture NSW Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre Andrew Burges Architects and Grimshaw with TCL in collaboration with the City of Sydney

Residential Architecture – Alterations and additions of houses

The Eleanor Cullis-Hill Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions) WA Beaconsfield House Simon Pendal Architect
National Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions) QLD Beck Street LineburgWang
National Commendation for Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions) NSW The Hat Factory Welsh + Major Architects

Residential Architecture – New Houses

The Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New) NSW Night Sky Peter Stutchbury Architecture
National Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New) NSW Bunkeren James Stockwell Architect
National Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New) NSW Pearl Beach House Polly Harbison Design

Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing

The Frederick Romberg Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing VIC The Lothian Kennedy Nolan

Small Project Architecture

National Commendation for Small Project Architecture TAS Floating Sauna Derby Licht Architecture
National Commendation for Small Project Architecture VIC Jackalope Pavilion March Studio
National Commendation for Small Project Architecture NSW Plastic Palace Raffaello Rosselli Architects

Sustainable Architecture

The David Oppenheim Award for Sustainable Architecture VIC Monash Woodside Building for Technology and Design Grimshaw in collaboration with Monash University
National Award for Sustainable Architecture NSW Smart Design Studio Smart Design Studio

Urban Design 

The Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design NSW Sub Base Platypus lahznimmo architects and Aspect Studios
National Commendation for Urban Design QLD QUT Campus to Country BVN

 

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