Architects rewarded for fine ideas
YESTERDAY, Investor carried an article on Lavarack Barracks, winner of t he Buildings of the Year gong at the Australian Institute of A r c h i t e c t s 2 0 1 1 N o r t h Queensland Awards. Today we highlight projects that won commendations along with judges’ comments. Duckworth St, Garbutt Guymer Bailey Architects
This simple commercial project delivers a strong visual identity in a generally bland commercial street setting by exploring a simple and effective solution to the street presentation and the challenging western orientation. The program is one of commercial sales simplicity for 4WD enthusiasts.
The solution provides ini t i al visual i nterest and l i f e s t y l e a p p e a l w h i l e e mbeddi n g a n i g h t - t i me backlit panorama of outdoor experiences to enable the building to attract interest outside opening hours. functional sharing of common spaces. Flexible floor layouts are provided with good light and outlook to deliver work environments that are comfortable and non-hierarchical.
A strongly expressed external colour scheme challenges the more sedate setting of the central campus expression. pared a master-pl anning strategy that challenges the university to deliver significant increases in density and mix of uses by forming clusters of new high-density uses at major points of circulation of the campus.
This initiative is both complex and highly charged in urban, environmental and city-structure terms.
The jury supports the concept to reposition the shortc o mi n g s o f t h e c a mpus through the proposed tropical and urban concepts, but expresses some reservations of the unresolved implementation processes that may work against the values of the concept on hillside sites.
For award-winning residential projects, see the
Property liftout on Saturday.