A research centre, a school and a church in Sydney have been honoured for their new and cutting-edge designs at the 2013 International Architecture Awards.

Dubbed the “world’s most prestigious global awards for New Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interiors and Urban Planning”, the Awards aim to give a global overview of the current aesthetic direction of today’s commercial, corporate, institutional and residential work.

BVN Donovan Hill won two awards for The Kinghorn Cancer Centre in Darlinghurst, and the Library and Resource Centre at Ravenswood School for Girls on Sydney’s north shore.

The Kinghorn Cancer Centre has a design aspiration to encourage physical and intellectual interaction between research and clinical staff and patients, while the Ravenswood Resource Centre combines unusual technical architectural elements with sustainable initiatives to create a conducive environment for students.

Ravenswood School for Girls - Mabel Fidler Building by BVN Donovan Hill

The Kinghorn Cancer Centre by BVN Donovan Hill

The third award went to the St Barnabas project by FJMT. The church, which is located in Broadway, was rebuilt following a fire that devastated the original building, and has a design that is sympathetic to the site and its history.

St Barnabas Church by FJMT

Housing a flexible 600-seat worship space, a multi-purpose hall, administrative offices and meeting rooms, and underground parking for up to 80 cars, St Barnabas features a distinguished use of space and light.

The 2013 Awards program received a record number of projects for new buildings, landscape architecture, and urban planning from the most important firms practicing globally. All winners were selected from across 16 countries by American architects and educators.

In September, The Chicago Athenaeum, in conjunction with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, will present a special exhibition of all awarded buildings at their annual symposium, The City and the World, during the 14th International Biennial of Architecture, Buenos Aires. The exhibition will tour Europe after Buenos Aires.

Images courtesy of FJMT and BVN Donovan Hill.