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    Six Australian projects awarded at 2017 International Architecture Awards

    Nicholas Rider

    Several Australian projects have been awarded at the recent 2017 International Architecture Awards.

    Organised by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies, the awards acknowledge the world’s best skyscrapers, commercial buildings, urban plans, private residences, and real estate projects. Among the 75 awarded projects were six Australian buildings.

    “The awards are given to buildings across the world recognised as making a significant contribution to the state of today’s architecture,” says Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, museum president at the Chicago Athenaeum.

    “The jury praised this collection, saying 'the buildings exude a sense of calmness and freshness and are a tour-de-force in the exploration and use of sustainable materials, but also remarkable places to work and to enjoy'.”

    The awards will be presented in Athens on 8 September.

    View the Australian projects below:

    Crackenback Stables by Casey Brown ArchitectureCrackenback-Stables-by-Casey-Brown-Architecture.jpgPhotography by Rhys Holland

    Crackenback Stables designed by Casey Brown Architecture is located in New South Wales’ Snowy Mountains. The project features five horse stables, a farm manager’s accommodation, and a self-contained two-bedroom property. Cladding the structures in weathering steel and corrugated iron allowed the architects to create a “take on the Australian vernacular [that] gives new life and refinement to the classic corrugated shed”.

    International House by Tzannes
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    Image: Tzannes 

    Designed by Tzannes, International House is Australia’s first engineered timber office building, and is built entirely of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glue-Laminated Timber (Glulam). The office building opened its doors at Sydney’s Barangaroo – a few months ago – just one year after construction began on site. Earlier this month, the project received the prestigious Athenaeum and European Centre for Design Award for International Architecture.

    McLeod House by Ian Moore Architects
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    Image: Ian Moore Architects 

    Completed in 2015, McLeod House by Ian Moore Architects is a four-bedroom house located on a ridge above Sydney’s Middle Harbour. The dwelling replaces a 1970s house, but retains 30 percent of the existing house due council planning codes. The exterior of the house is clad in composite aluminium panels and horizontal aluminium louvres.

    Melbourne School of Design by John Wardle Architects and NADAAA in collaboration
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    Photography by John Horner 

    The six-storey Melbourne School of Design incorporates two lecture theatres, a workshop, a library, two exhibition spaces, a cafe, a series of studios over three levels, a studio hall, and a number of associated academic and professional workspaces. JWA and NADAAA were appointed as architects following an international design competition.   

    The Waterfront Pavilion by FJMTThe-Waterfront-Pavilion-by-FJMT.jpgPhotography by Brett Boardman 

    Located in Sydney’s Darling Harbour, the Australian National Museum’s Waterfront Pavilion was built to mark the centenary of World War I and commemorate 100 years of service by the Royal Australian Navy. FJMT’s design seeks to bring the narratives of war to life and to strengthen the visitors’ relationship with the vessels, waterfront and broader museum precinct.

    UNSW Hilmer Building by Grimshaw
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    Photography by John Gollings 

    The Hilmer Building is the research laboratory facility for UNSW’s Australia’s School of Materials Science and Engineering and School of Chemical Engineering. Designed by Grimshaw, a high-performance fa├žade configures the building’s expression with full-height glazing and honed off-white cast GRC louvres angled in response to solar orientation. Inside are write-up spaces, offices and meetings rooms.

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