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    Three Australian practices beat international counterparts to win 2015 Architizer A+ Awards

    Geraldine Chua

    The votes are in and three Australian projects have joined 147 other international winners to top the Architizer A+ Awards this year.

    An esteemed jury of over 300 industry leaders, including Iwan Baan, Charles Adler, Sou Fujimoto, and Rem D. Koolhaas, selected the Jury Winners out of 3,000 entries across 80 countries, while an online public vote determined the Popular Choice winners.

    The latter, chosen by 43,000 voters from over 100 countries and territories, include The Aria by MHN Design Union in Sydney’s Bondi Junction (Multi Unit Housing – Mid Rise Award), and the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, by NADAAA and John Wardle Architects in collaboration (Higher Education & Research Facilities).

    The Aria by MHN Design Union. Source: mhndu.com

    Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne by John Wardle Architects & NADAAA in collaboration is also in the running for the Victorian Architecture Awards. Photography by John Gollings

    Wollongong Central Expansion by HDR | Rice Daubney, a new building that creates a five-level ‘public street’ connecting the northern and southern parts of the city, won both the Jury and Popular Choice awards under the Shopping Centre category.

    Wollongong Central Expansion by HDR | Rice Daubney is vying for the top prize at the NSW Architecture Awards. Photography by Brett Boardman and Simon Grimes

    “Given the number of strong contenders, each and every one of the winners has earned its place among the best of the best, and we are once again thrilled to see the up-and-coming firms joint he likes of major, multinational firms among the winners,” the Architizer Editors praised.

    Nine Australian projects were initially shortlisted for the Plus and Typology categories, including Hotel Hotel Lobby & Nishi Grand Stair Interior by March Studio and the Dallas Brooks Community Primary School by McBride Charles Ryan.

    Both projects were respectively beaten by Knot House by Atelier Chang under the Hospitality category, and Hello Wood International Architecture Camp by Hello Wood and the Women’s Opportunity Centre by Sharon Davis Design in the Architecture + Learning and Architecture + Community sections.

    Knot House by Atelier Chang. Source: atelierchang.com

    All 150 winners will be celebrated at the annual A+Awards Gala in New York on May 14, and will be published in a compendium by Phaidon also to be released on May 14. To view the full list of award winners, please visit www.architizer.com.

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