Last year the 2014 AIA International Architecture Awards were held to honour the best in Australian architecture around the world. Five winners and six commendations were chosen from a roster of 24 entries. The awards are held annually by the AIA – Australian Institute of Architects, and only the best architects are chosen to win the top awards.
Each winner is chosen for specific project categories. This year new categories included commercial, public, and residential properties. There were also interior projects and small project architecture categories for the entrants to excel in. This year several notable architectural buildings topped the list for exceeding design expectations and thinking outside the box, rather than relying on tried and true architectural design planning. Making the top of the list was Denton Corker Marshall’s unique twist on their Stonehenge Exhibition Visitor Centre building. Denton Corker Marshall won this top award in the Public Architecture category. It was a difficult challenge for DCM to come up with a building design that fit in with the natural features on the Stonehenge heritage site. A modern building wouldn’t fit with the theme. Ultimately they chose a building hidden within a framework of narrow wooden beams. They succeeded in creating a natural looking building to fit within the Stonehenge UNESCO World Heritage site, not detracting from the mysterious qualities of the large boulders and rocks that comprise Stonehenge.
Another noteworthy entry in the 2014 Architecture Awards was Parkroyal on Pickering by WOHA in Singapore. WOHA won the award for best commercial architecture. Their building on Pickering is an amazing combination of winding greenery throughout a commercial office tower. They have succeeded in creating an eco-friendly office tower, centred on the plants gobbling up the carbon dioxide wastage from the building and converting them to rich oxygenated air. Who wouldn’t want to work in this office building and look out the window to view a beautifully tended garden?
Kerry Hill Architects created beautifully designed residences in Bangkok and won the top architectural award for residences. A wide expanse of water is forefront to a building designed with metal slats to offer privacy from the huge floor to ceiling windows behind them.
ASB North Wharf won the top award for interior architecture, creating comfortable office space within modern cocoons.
Marra and Yeh Architects won the final award in the small project architecture category with their Shelter@Rainforest building. Their building was made from natural woods and long sloping roofs.
Each of these five winners went onto the National Architecture Awards last November 2014.
Architecture offers many endless possibilities in residential and commercial building design. Those finalists chosen for the awards are those who have thought outside the box, and dared to create structures that are both functional but still unique in flow and design. The 2014 Architecture Awards in Australia had many talented architecture contenders, but unfortunately there were only a few prizes to award. We’ll eagerly anticipate seeing the finalist list for the 2015 Architecture Awards coming up again this summer.