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    Winners of Gold Coast/Northern Rivers Regional Architecture Awards announced

    Lisa Rapley

    The Australian Institute of Architects’ 2014 Gold Coast/Northern Rivers Regional Architecture awards were held on Friday [28 February] with 11 local projects honoured.

    A total of 16 projects were entered in the awards with 10 projects gaining Regional Commendations by the jury and progressing to the Queensland Architecture Awards, which will be announced in Brisbane on 20 June.

    House of the Year was awarded to Dolphin Court Residence by ME.

    The jury said, “This waterfront dwelling demonstrates a refined piece of site planning and building detailing, enhancing its function as a family home. This is an excellent resolution of canal and cul-de-sac living, providing a sense of delight, referencing past coastal values and capturing the spirit of place.”

    Taking out Building of the Year was CRAB Studio’s Abedian School of Architecture.

    “The Abedian School of Architecture is a clear expression of an aspirational approach to design education. The idea of a collaborative learning is evident and complete in the entire building through its exquisite concrete structure, walls and surfaces to the furniture and elements of design process that inhabit the space,” the jury said.

    The Abedian School of Architecture by CRAB Studio took out the Building of the Year. Image:  Peter Bennetts

    As the inaugural recipient of the Regional Building of the Year, Capri on Via Roma by BDA Architecture was selected to celebrate the work of local architects.

    The jury said, “A lively reinvention of Sir Bruce Smalls’ 1960’s Capri Commercial Centre optimises its waterfront location with expansive decking areas, capturing postcard views of Surfers Paradise. Exposed services and slab soffits sit comfortably with coloured seamless slab floors, while strong skillion roof forms recall the beach house heritage of the northern Gold Coast.”

    Capri on Via Roma by BDA Architecture won the Regional Building of the Year. Image:  Scott Burrows

    A special Enduring Architecture Prize was presented to DBI Design (formerly Media 5) for the Sheraton Mirage.

    The Sheraton Mirage by DBI Design (formerly Media 5) won the Enduring Architecture Prize. Image: DBI Design

    Regional Commendations:

    Hinze Dam Visitor Centre by Malcolm Middleton Architects with AECOM

    Helensvale Branch Library and CCYC by Complete Urban and Lahz Nimmo Architects in Association

    Dolphin Court Residence by ME

    Ten7 by Shane Denman Architects

    Abedian School of Architecture by CRAB Studio

    Sanctuary Cove Gold Club by Cox Rayner Architects

    Gold Coast University Hospital by GCUH Architecture (PDT + STH + HASSELL)

    Griffith University (G11 Learning Commons by ThomsonAdsett

    Capril on Via Roma by BDA Architecture

    Tweed Health for Everyone – GP Superclinic by Fulton Trotter Architects

    Hinze Dam Visitor Centre by Malcolm Middleton Architects with AECOM. Image: Christopher Frederick Jones

    Helensvale Branch Library and CCYC by Complete Urban and Lahz Nimmo Architects. Image: Brett Boardman

    ​Tweed Health for Everyone - GP by Fulton Trotter Architects. Image: Andrew Armstrong

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