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    House in Noosa by MORQ wins top prize at Sunshine Coast Architecture Awards

    Geraldine Chua

    House in Noosa by MORQ has been awarded the top accolade of the Australian Institute of Architects’ (AIA) 2015 Sunshine Coast Regional Architecture Awards, the Gabriel Poole Award for Building of the Year.

    Described as a “sublime response to site and place” by the jury, the house also joined six other projects in taking home a Regional Commendation.

    “Materiality, detail and execution poetically fuse the house to site becoming at one with it. Internally, the spatial experience is one of serenity, calm and delightful restraint,” the judges noted.

    House in Noosa by MORQ. Photography by Peter Bennetts

    Robinson Architects’ Lake Weyba Duplex received the Regional Project of the Year Award, which is awarded to a local architect for an exceptional project from that region.

    “Lake Weyba Duplex presents a successful solution to what can be a challenging building type. The design utilises its corner site to provide two residences that enjoy a feeling of separation and privacy,” the jury commended.

    Lake Weyba Duplex by Robinson Architects. Photography by Alain Bouvier

    Awarded projects now progress on to the Queensland State Architecture Awards, which will be announced in Brisbane on June 26.

    Full list of Regional Commendations:

    Ridgeway at Sunrise by Push. Photography by Eason Creative

    Jury citation: This addition creates a new central covered outdoor living room that is protected from the elements while still maintaining a visual connection to the street. The house has a lovely relaxed sensibility and immediately feels like a classic beach house.

    Lake Weyba Duplex by Robinson Architects. Photography by Alain Bouvier

    Jury citation: Lake Weyba Duplex presents a successful solution to what can be a challenging building type. The design utilises its corner site to provide two residences that enjoy a feeling of separation and privacy. The spaces within the building are characterised by natural light, ventilation and a strong connection to the outside. Externally a refined palette of materials presents an attractive and engaging building to the street.

    Bells Reach Sales / Vision Centre and Café by Sparks Architects. Photography by Stockland

    Jury citation: Bells Reach Sales/Vision Centre and Café is a prefabricated modular building that exhibits a high degree of resolution with regard to constructability, planning and detail and represents a departure from a known typology of the standard sales centre. elements such as the translucent fabric roof, the quality well considered finishes and external screening treatments contribute to an overall sense of joy and delight.

    Noosa Flexible Learning Centre by Fulton Trotter Architects. Photography by Jason Smith

    Jury citation: This building offers to disadvantaged secondary students a learning environment distinctly informal and non-institutional. A loose sequence of buildings strung together by a raised timber platform weaving through a pre-existing natural landscape offers a natural alternative to prescribed hierarchical learning.

    The University of the Sunshine Coast Collaborative Futures Building by HASSELL. Photography by Christopher Frederick Jones

    Jury citation: This building is a vibrant new campus building which promotes social engagement and student activation in a learning landscape. It progresses multiple concepts previously developed in earlier outstanding projects at the university and through early workshopping, and challenged and developed new concepts and opportunities, and has resulted in a popular and elegant structure.

    Noosa House by John Burgess Architects. Photography by David Taylor

    Jury citation: Located above the high dunes fronting Sunshine beach this substantial residence captures the expanse of the north, eastern and southern views along the coast whilst providing a discreet but sleek street frontage. The simple "H" shaped plan provides clarity to the flow between spaces, providing views to and from various parts of the home across the private central courtyard, and the stylish finishes compliment the sense of luxury.

    House in Noosa by MORQ. Photography by Peter Bennetts

    Jury citation: A sublime response to site and place, this cliff side house overlooking Laguna Bay weaves its way narrowly between protected mature vegetation. Materiality, detail and execution poetically fuse the house to site, becoming at one with it. Internally, the spatial experience is one of serenity, calm and delightful restraint.

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