ArchiTeam Cooperative’s Annual Awards program showcased the very best in architecture from Australia’s small, medium and emerging architects on Wednesday 13 November.
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ArchiTeam made some dramatic changes to how the awards fortnight exhibited over 140 entries, by collaborating with partner Big Plans Melbourne, the exhibition was a spectacular and certainly a larger than life emersion of the best architecture from small practice architects from around Australia. Coupled with 1:1 floor plans at your feet, this opening night was not only reflective of ArchiTeam Cooperative desire to reduce its carbon footprint on the world, but also create a more dynamic exhibition experience.
Congratulations to all ArchiTeam members who were finalists, and to those who received commendations and awards.
You can listen to some of the finalists speak about their projects on Friday 15 November, more information on our events page and via our socials.
- ArchiTeam Finalist Present… Friday 13 November
- NAM 31 (New Architects Melbourne Present… ) Wednesday 20 November
- The exhibition of all entries is open until Thursday 21 November.
ArchiTeam would like to thank all the members who entered this year’s awards, and the sponsors and judges who assisted us.
Winner: Springhill House, Lovell Burton
Judges Citation: Springhill House, by Lovell Burton, was selected as the recipient of the ArchiTeam Medal as a project that demonstrates excellence in response to context and brief.
While providing a strong and inviting sense of protected enclosure, the home is connected to and elevates the experience of the site. Through the respect paid to the local vernacular, this project is linked to the Macedon Ranges and broader Australian context. The siting and utilitarian material palette reference local hay sheds with detailing that is highly skilled. The approach to sustainability and efficiency in the deployment of materials and planning is commendable.
Springhill House is immaculately crafted. With a spare and deceptively simple presentation; this project provides a multitude of ways to occupy and enjoy the home and property.
All entries are eligible to win this Medal and an award must be given in this category. This medal is to be judged on the above criteria as well as showing sensitivity to sustainability principles. This can be quite general – from innovative re-use of an existing structure through to a more complex response to sustainability.
Winner: Owl Woods Passive House, Talina Edwards Architect
Judges Citation: The Owl Woods Passive House, by Talina Edwards Architecture, in Trentham raises the bar for what is achievable in Sustainable Architecture and home building. This project is in line to be only the 5th Passivhaus single-detached home in Victoria. It is a project that demonstrates that the stringent requirements to achieve this certification can work in harmony with good design. The Owl Woods Passive House pavilions reach into the landscape and contain beautiful spaces that achieve a level of energy efficiency that all Architects should aspire to in their work.
SMALL PROJECT MEDAL
SMALL PROJECT MEDAL
All entries under the size of under 80sqm and/or $150,000 are eligible to win this Medal and an award must be given in this category. This award is to be judged on the general criteria as well as showing innovation within the constraints of space and possibly budget by developing a complexity and inventiveness in small design.
Winner: Torquay Compartment Apartment, Winter Architecture
Judges Citation: Never was a project so aptly named as Winter Architecture’s Torquay Compartment Apartment. In an ingenious reimagining of a tiny footprint, a 45-square metre space is a home for a family of four, which is also light, bright and utterly welcoming. In a project brimming with clever design ideas and brilliant touches, the reconfiguration of the children’s bedroom is particularly well resolved.
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD
(Sponsored by NAVI by Centre)
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD
All entries were eligible to win the People’s Choice Award. This Award is unique in that it is open to family, friends and the general public to vote on their favourite project!
Winner: Existenzminimum, WHDA
Want to see more? CLICK HERE for video of this project!
BRICKWORKS MATERIALITY AWARD (NEW)
(Sponsored by Brickworks)
The Brickworks Materiality Award is open to all entries of the ArchiTeam Awards whereby the entry has used Brickworks products which showcase excellence in design, innovation and sustainability. This award will be judged by the ArchiTeam Awards Judges and a representative from Brickworks.
Winner: Kalora Park Sports Club, WOWOWA Architecture
Judges Citation: Kalora Park Sports Pavilion is both a utilitarian community facility and a riotous edifice demonstrating imagination and inspiration. Masonry grounds this otherwise lightweight structure with brick pixels deployed as a graphic tool that emphasises the Architectural language and the club’s identity. The economic material palette of this suburban dream has been embraced to create a facility that transcends its intended purpose.
EMERGING ARCHITECT AWARD (NEW)
(Sponsored by Vectorworks)
EMERGING ARCHITECT AWARD (NEW) (Sponsored by Vectorworks)
The Emerging Architect Award, is to acknowledge an up and coming ArchiTeam member/s and/or groups or members who are excelling in architecture and recognizing excellence in their overall body of work with no restriction of scale, program, budget or location.This award is proudly sponsored by Vectorworks who are committed to supporting emerging architects and architecture in Australia.
Winner: Ben Callery, Ben Callery Architects
Judges Citation: Ben Callery Architects is an architectural practice committed to pursuing sustainable and creative architecture. In their work, we can see a glimpse of the future of architecture – one that appears to easily combine design and sustainability into strong and clear architectural forms. Underpinned by passive solar design, off-grid living and natural ventilation Ben Callery Architects' works explore the relationship between form and well-being. The studio is gathering pace and we are sure we will see a lot more of their very fine work at future awards programs.
RESIDENTIAL NEW AWARD (Sponsored by Architectural Window Systems)
Winners of this category have shown creativity and innovation, as well as working with the unique aspects of their site and budget. Past winners and commended entries have ranged from million-dollar new builds to modest buildings tackling challenging site constraints.
Residential projects nurture families through different stages of life and create the backdrop for many enduring memories. Great design turn houses into homes and provide inhabitants with an adaptable, functional and inspiring space to call their own.
Lovell Burton's Springhill House is a refreshing take on an iconic Australian typology - the rural house on the hill. It contributes to this lineage with quiet confidence, settling gently into its site beneath a sheltered skillion roof. In its conception and construction, Springhill House displays great craft and care. The plan is deliberately modest, with a rational logic that is efficient and yet flexible. The building's materials are meticulously assembled to maximise utility and minimise waste and fuss. As such, Lovell Burton's Springhill House is a reductive and accomplished work of architecture, at once familiar and entirely fresh.
House at Otago Bay
House at Otago Bay is located on an evocative site descending to the Derwent River. Topology Studio’s strategy was for a design that is born of, and belongs to the site. The jury was impressed by the balance between architectural strategies demonstrating clarity and restraint, and the dramatic, project specific outcome that have been achieved. Constraints such as privacy, bushfire management, and climate responsiveness are discretely solved. The subtle curved geometries resonate well with the topographical setting and mountain views. Topology’s design has succeeded in offering the occupants a heightened reading of the setting as they move through and beyond the house, choreographing poetic moments of shelter and prospect.
Residential Alteration and Additions
RESIDENTIAL ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS AWARD (Sponsored by Living Fire)
As above, winners of this category have shown creativity and innovation, as well as working with the unique aspects of their site and budget. Past winners and commended entries have included extensions to existing houses, renovations to a studio apartment and an attic conversion.
A project with a broader budget may not outweigh a smaller addition that has excelled against the odds of budget or site constraints.
House N, Joyce Architects
Ugly duckling to swan; the stripping of generic decoration and a considered sleek refinement of the existing building exterior has resulted in a striking transformation of this home from the outside-in. Tightly planned, the carefully curated reconfiguration of existing spaces endorses a flexibility essential to family-living in small spaces.
Exemplary outcomes to alterations and additions of existing buildings require vision and conviction from the designer; often challenging of clients’ preconceived notions of how they could live within an existing space. Focused on experience and liveability, the resulting clever planning and volume-play within the original building envelope are coupled with sophisticated detailing and careful material placement, resulting in a stunning minimalist home.
Limerick House, Solomon Troup
Limerick House is a beautifully considered and appropriately modest response to the brief and the site. Making the most of the glorious hillside views, the project opens up the original home, with a sensitive and simple addition that is timeless in its detailing, while showing understanding and appreciation for place with its referencing of the ageing shearing sheds in the vicinity.
COMMERCIAL AWARD (Sponsored by the Built Environment Channel)
Commercial projects entered into the ArchiTeam Awards can include offices, restaurants and cafes, retail shops, architectural studios, as well as warehouses and industrial projects. Projects can be new builds, fit outs or temporary structures such as pop-up shops.
Past winners of the commercial category have included members’ own work studio, restaurants, retail, product showroom, and a brewery canteen. The architectural design of a commercial project has the potential to set the business apart from its competitors, add to the business branding and provide a highly desirable working environment for staff and visitors alike.
Olaver Architecture have delivered a fresh and innovative iteration of a well-loved architectural genre – the restaurant in a Victorian shop/dwelling. The jury were impressed by a heterogeneous quality of the interior spaces where the complexity of the original spatial arrangement is elevated through variety in intensity and volume. The result is a compelling narrative achieved with modest means and a sophisticated and nuanced approach to materiality.
A diverse range of projects fit within the Community category, but they can all be defined as being available for public use. Community projects may also include projects that are more abstract but for the service of a community or the broader public.
Examples of past ArchiTeam Community Award winners and commendations have been places of worship, a cubby within a child care centre, a school library and a temporary architectural installation in a public space.
The Community category celebrates architecture that help shape neighbourhoods and support our communities.
Kalora Park Sports Club WOWOWA Architecture
This joyous project thoroughly deserves an award for architecture. It is rigorous and thoughtful and finesses each of its parts with expertise. The thrift required to realise what is surely a suburban dream, is never apparent. Rather, the building expresses the full gamut of what an Architect can do beyond straight-up professional services – imagination, inspiration, community engagement, leadership, even activism. Go Pies!
Entries in the Unbuilt category can reflect unrestrained conceptual ideas, not-yet-realised architectural projects, or designs in other mediums based on architectural principles. These projects can be drawn from an unrealised ‘real world’ client brief, or a purely hypothetical project exploring issues of interest to you. They can also be architectural competition entries, such as a single house, a mixed-use development, a public building or even master planning for a better community.
Past winners in this category have included projects that have gone on to be built, projects that were never meant to be built, competition entries as well as flat pack furniture.
Förföra, Tessellate a+d
All architects leave some of their best work on the drawing board, and do so with a heavy heart. Hopefully this work is the incubator of ideas that live on in other projects. Forfora by Tessellate a+d must surely feel like this is one of those projects.
As our cities age architects grapple with the cultural sensitivity of heritage balanced against the need for buildings to have a continued life lest they suffer demolition by neglect we find Tessellate a+d doing just that. Here they are inspired by the existing forms and rhythms of the architecture they inherited to create a playful and intriguing architectural response. Warm evocative renders excite the imagination of what new life an old building could have. A life that is not private, but more public because of its retail ambitions.
These are the reasons that drew the jury to Forfora, with a longing that this work lives on; somewhere.
CONTRIBUTION AWARD (Sponsored by Melbourne School of Design)
This Award is to recognise contribution and/or innovation to architecture beyond the design and production of buildings. An entry is eligible to win this Award if it contributes to the industry discourse be it in a written form via a blog, publication, or organised tour or broadcast – either by a member, or by a group that includes a member; or alternately a member may nominate a special initiative that is outside the ArchiTeam co-operative for special recognition.
Additionally, a member can be awarded within this category if they have been outstanding in contributing to the Architecture industry through their actions in promoting and advocating. An architectural building may be awarded in this category only if it exemplifies a high contribution to the industry and promotes the profession of Architecture through provoking discussion or public interest.
Note: ArchiTeam member to nominate and prepare the application for any non-member group.
As their name suggests EBD found their work on what is known, what has worked and what has gone before. This is highly valuable, detailed work which researched of over 200 projects and many journal articles, EBD have broken down the fundamentals of health care buildings with a particular emphasis on dementia. This work allows architects to fast track their working knowledge, and avoid the wasted time of design dead-ends to start on the better-known paths.
This foundational work also explores the diversification of practice and specialist knowledge that is required in the age of disruption. The jury were highly impressed by EBD’s work and acknowledged it accordingly.