A sports centre designed as a multipurpose facility, a single level home with a sensitive layout, and a bungalow with connected indoor and outdoor spaces won top honours at AIA’s 2017 Gold Coast/Northern Rivers Regional Architecture Awards announced recently.

The Building of the Year Award in the 2017 Gold Coast/Northern Rivers Regional Architecture Awards went to Coomera Sports and Leisure Centre by BDA Architecture with Peddle Thorp Architects (Melbourne). The jury noted that it “balances the functional requirements of the Commonwealth Games while leaving a profound legacy of a sophisticated and usable multipurpose facility. The enormity of the articulated steel framed ‘shed’ hovers above the ground with confidence; this building is both elegant and robust.”

The House of the Year award went to Byron Bay House and Studio by Vokes and Peters, which the jury praised as a ‘single level, delicate and highly crafted home’ that was ‘tranquil and tactile without the typical beach house preoccupations.’

According to the jury, “The interiors are articulated purposefully with air and light within the constraints of a deep and wide floor plan. It is both sensitive and generous, connected and layered.”

The Burleigh Street House by ME won Regional Project of the Year, an honour given to an exceptional project by a local architect. Describing the project as ‘a reworking of a small brick bungalow creating a fine sequence of connected indoor and outdoor spaces’, the jury added that the three connected pavilions intelligently incorporated existing building fabric to create open rooms engaged with garden areas while secure from the street.

In addition to the Building of the Year, House of the Year, and Regional Project of the Year, the jury awarded ten Regional Commendations (listed below) from 15 entries, with the commended projects now progressing to the Queensland State Architecture Awards to be announced on 23 June in Brisbane.

Regional Commendations: Listed by Architectural Project/ Architectural Practice/ Location

Luke & Amanda's Beach House by Scott Carpenter Architect, Casuarina
Luke-Amandas-Beach-House_Scott-Carpenter-Architect_Photo-Andy-Macpherson_00.JPGPhotography by Andy Macpherson

KDV Golf and Tennis Academy, Gold Coast by Shiro Architects, Carrara
KDV-Golf-and-Tennis-Academy_Shiro-Architects_-Photo-Richard-Glover_00.jpgPhotography by Richard Glover

Whale House by Paul Uhlmann Architects, Kingscliff
Whale-House_Paul-Uhlmann-Architects_Photo-ChristopherFrederickJones_00.jpgPhotography by Christopher Frederick Jones

The Star Gold Coast: Existing Hotel Refurbishment by ML Design and Steelman Partners (USA), Broadbeach
The-Star-GC_ML-Design-Steelman-Partners-USA-_Photo-Remco-Jansen_00.jpgPhotography by Remco Jansen 

Coomera Sports and Leisure Centre by BDA Architecture with Peddle Thorp Architects (Melbourne), Coomera
Coomera-Sports-Centre_BDA-Peddle-Thorp_Photo-Scott-Burrow-photography_01.jpgPhotography by Scott Burrow

Byron Bay House and Studio by Vokes and Peters, Byron Bay
Byron-Bay-House-and-Studio_VokesandPeters_Photo-ChristopherFrederickJones_01.jpgPhotography by Christopher Frederick Jones

Burleigh Street House by ME, Burleigh Heads
Burleigh-St-House_ME_Photo-Christopher-Frederick-Jones_00.jpgPhotography by Christopher Frederick Jones

Elements of Byron by Shane Thompson Architects, Byron Bay
ElementsOfByron_ShaneThompsonArchitects_Photo-DallasNock_02.jpgPhotography by Dallas Nock

Naranga Avenue House by James Russell Architect, Florida Gardens
NarangaAvenueHouse_JamesRussellArchitect_PhotoTobyScott_00.jpgPhotography by Toby Scott

St Ambrose Primary School by Pat Twohill Designs in association with Twohill and James, Pottsville
St-Ambrose-PS_TwohillandJames-with-PatTwohillDesigns_Photo-ChristopherFrederickJones_01.jpgPhotography by Christopher Frederick Jones