The Royal Hotel Roma, House on Guido and Walton Stores were named winners of the Australian Institute of Architects 2017 Darling Downs/West Moreton Regional Architecture Awards.

The Royal Hotel Roma by DM2 Architecture won the William Hodgen Award for Building of the Year, House on Guido by Shane Denman Architects won House of the Year, and Walton Stores by Aspect Architects and Project Managers with Newlands Group, was awarded the Regional Project of the Year Award.

According to the jury, the Building of the Year winner, Royal Hotel Roma was able to successfully reinterpret the traditional outback pub vernacular through the architect’s use of well-considered and understated regional qualities.

About the House on Guido, the jury said the exterior was ‘a simple strong element’ that ‘sits comfortably with the power and character of this site. The clarity in the design approach is carried through into the interior where the elegantly simple yet practical spaces add to the appreciation of the site’s beauty’.

Walton Stores was praised for its ‘creative and sensitive architectural consideration of a heritage precinct’. The jury said the project ‘makes an important contribution to the fabric of the CBD and Toowoomba in general’ proving ‘heritage and modern living can be successfully married together’.

All three winning projects were also awarded Regional Commendations along with three other projects. The Regional Commendations will now progress to the Queensland State Architecture Awards to be announced on 23 June in Brisbane.

Regional Commendations:

Toowoomba City Library, Toowoomba City by James Cubitt Architects and Peddle Thorp in association with Elia Architecture
Toowoomba-City-Library_Cubitt-PT-Elia_Photo-Roger-DSouza.jpgPhotography by Roger D'Souza

Gatton Plant Industries, Gatton by DM2 Architecture
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Royal Hotel Roma, Roma by DM2 Architecture
RoyalHotelRoma_DM2Architecture_Photo-ScottBurrows.jpgPhotography by Scott Burrows

The Piano Mill, Wilsons Downfall by Conrad Gargett
entry-NkJpdaNO-217657.jpgPhotography by Marc Treble

Walton Stores, Toowoomba by Aspect Architects and Project Managers with Newlands Group
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House on Guido, Blue Mountain Heights by Shane Denman Architects
House-on-Guido_Shane-Denman-Architects_Photo-Statik-Illusions.jpgImage: Statik Illusions