Celebrating the year’s top projects
WHEN it comes to new trends in housing and architecture, there is no need to visit a fortune teller or read the leaves from a pot of tea.
Instead, cast an eye over the annual Australian Institute of Architects awards finalists to find a preview of what the most impressive projects of the year offered and catch a glimpse into what they had in common.
This year’s Tasmanian entries included new houses, heritage restorations, airport upgrades and even an early childhood learning centre.
The showcase featured about 30 projects in eight categories and many of the 2017 nominees used timber extensively — from houses to commercial builds.
Beautiful timber highlighted heritage projects such as Captain Kelly’s Cottage, in commercial projects like St Albi’s restaurant, the sensitive restoration of Launceston’s Black House and in bold new builds such as the River’s Edge House or Nelson House.
Dale Campisi from the Tasmanian Chapter of the Institute said fibre cement sheet was another material that popped up in numerous projects.
“And we saw a focus not just on the buildings themselves but also how they interact with an outdoor space, a theme we saw explored beautifully in the Cross House and Lighthouse in particular,” he said.
“Another key tenet of the architects working in Tasmania was a ‘light touch’, especially when working with heritage.”
This year’s award winners were announced at a presentation last night.
The winners will be put forward to represent Tasmania at the national awards ceremony, which will be announced in November.
The architecture-curious public can view this year’s projects online and at an exhibition which launched on Thursday at Hobart’s Brook Street Pier. It will run until July 10. Online, there is still time to vote in this year’s People’s Choice awards and the winner will be announced next month. Mr Campisi said this year’s People’s Choice voting had been “off the chart”.
“Three weeks out from the announcement people had already cast more entries than any other year,” he said.
Votes can be cast by visiting http:// wp.architecture.com.au/tasawards/ then clicking on an individual project and finding the “vote now” button above the project description. Votes close July 10.