Di­vine de­signs:

Cel­e­brat­ing the year’s top projects

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS -

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.

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