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Hutchies has always been a great advocate of recognising architects and the role they play within the public realm. We've been sponsoring the Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Architecture Awards since 1989 and we hope to continue this long standing tradition for many years to come.

We were delighted yet again to have constructed a number of projects recognised at the 2019 Queensland Awards on Friday night, held at Hutchies-built Howard Smith Wharves. Out of the six distinctions we received, three were awards ranging from educational and residential architecture to urban design. These three wins will advance to the National Awards held later this year.

A big thanks to AIA for hosting another amazing awards night and congratulations to everyone!

Educational Architecture

State Award for James Cook University Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, Thursday Island by Wilson Architects and Clarke & Prince Architects (Architects in Association)

Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing

Job & Froud Award for Walan Apartments by bureau^proberts

State Commendation for North Residences by bureau^proberts

State Commendation for Student One - 38 Wharf Street by Arkhefield

Sustainable Architecture

State Commendation for James Cook University Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, Thursday Island by Wilson Architects and Clarke & Prince Architects (Architects in Association)

Urban Design

Karl Langer Award for 900 Ann by John Wardle Architects

900 Ann

by John Wardle Architects

Karl Langer Award for Urban Design

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Karl Langer Award for Urban Design

900 Ann Street, which includes Aurizon’s new headquarters, successfully knits together a commercial venture with the adjacent Holy Trinity Church Precinct. A forward thinking approach between landlord and developer enabled the revitalisation of this historic setting as a publicly accessible facility and garden precinct. The new tower development shields the historic setting from the heavily trafficked Ann Street whist maintaining pedestrian connections and views and vistas to the historic neighbour. The tower’s low-rise brick annexe mediates between old and new, and is a contemporary gesture to the scale, form and materiality of the heritage buildings. 900 Ann Street’s ground plane and composition delivers a simple yet considered urban design response to the city fabric by providing revitalised amenity and relief in a busy urban context. The ground plane of the new tower responds skilfully to the changing levels of the site and allows the retail offering to contribute to the tower and activate the laneway to the church precinct.

The solution transforms a neglected collection of buildings and clearly has allowed revitalisation of these buildings as community spaces and has prompted a reminder of the quality of these original buildings.

James Cook University Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, Thursday Island

by Wilson Architects and Clarke & Prince Architects (Architects in Association)

State Award for Educational Architecture

State Commendation for Sustainable Architecture

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State Award for Educational Architecture

The building is stepped in section on a rocky outcrop, sitting as a marker in the landscape with expansive views over the harbour and Arafura Sea.

Through the architect and JCU’s consultation with the islanders, the project originally briefed as strictly a research facility evolved into a centre for general learning, supporting tertiary education and training for nursing and allied health, paired with frontline research on the Australian and Papua New Guinea border.

Interestingly this TI hub is the third busiest digital portal in all JCU’s facilities, recognition of its value to the islanders and its learning outcomes.

Both the strong prevailing wind and glare have been mitigated. The vibrant coloured screens, generous verandahs and strategic breakout destinations achieve this. Island elder Aunty Fuji, described the varied colours as 'part of our tradition and a reflection of the varied cultures who lived on TI in the past and who will in the future'.

A rich collaboration between the community, JCU and the architectural team is reflected by the end users speaking proudly of their facility “it makes you feel welcomed to enter and work in, not just a research lab but a social space for sharing knowledge”.

North Residences

by bureau^proberts

State Commendation for Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing

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State Commendation for Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing

Maximising its prime beach location, this project provides single units per floor with sweeping 360-degree views. Undulating concrete spandrels allow for full height glazing to the northeast and flow around the building to provide overhangs and protection to habitable areas. Seamless connections to the balconies allow the outside to merge with the interiors with the flexibility to control breezes and natural ventilation. Finely detailed finishes including timber and stone bring a warm atmosphere to these luxurious apartments.

Student One - 38 Wharf Street

by Arkhefield

State Commendation for Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing

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Awards Jury Citation /
State Commendation for Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing

Capturing the energy of an inner city student community, Student One is an inclusive and energized residence. The internal environment balances comfort, familiarity and robustness. Integrated artwork assists legibility and way finding. Internal planning encourages resident’s exploration and communal gathering of large and small groups. External recreation is located in sheltered areas that connect visually to the street and within the building, enabling social and contextual relationships with the city and wider Brisbane.

Walan Apartments

by bureau^proberts

Job & Froud Award for Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing

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Job & Froud Award for Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing

Multistorey residential remains a challenging form for architects, often built speculatively, the solutions range from stacked slabs to glass covered forms. The Walan Apartments explore a sculptural but climatically attuned response that provides a future reference point for “houses in the sky”. Each floor of the building contains a single dwelling that has been meticulously detailed.

Floor to floor coloured aluminium blades surround the floor plan, some fixed and orientated to allow views and control sun and others facing towards the river that are arranged as large sliding screens. The screens change in plan alignment at each floor to create a richly varied form. Kangaroo Point stone and vegetation inspires the colour selection, which is both bold and appropriate. Additional variation of the building edge to the east on alternate floors allows the planting of trees in addition to low level planting.

The Elina Mottram designed heritage flats are incorporated respectfully and fundamentally as part of the community space ensuring preservation. Internal planning is clear, rational and considered. Walan confidently engages Brisbane in the density conversation and regionally specific response.