Boral  has announced the winners of their 2010 conceptual residential design award program for architects, building designers and architectural students.  

The design contest set a challenge to entrants to respond to Australia’s changing housing needs and reduced land sizes with focus on adaptability, sustainability and affordability by designing a detached residential dwelling with a floor area of 125m² along with its landscape.    

About 100 entries were received for this year’s Boral Design Awards. Winners of the first, second and third prize awards received $20,000, $10,000 and $4,000 respectively.  

Entrants were also asked to specify from a range of selected Boral products including timber, bricks, pavers, decorative concrete, roof tiles, windows and bi-fold doors.  

Professional category winner
Aiden Murphy and Aaron Peters from Cox Rayner Architects and Kerry Hill Architects (QLD)  

Runner-up winner
Justin Wight, Paul Townsin and Michael Schaple from Whatever Studio (SA)  

Student entry winner
Manus Leung of University of New South Wales  

Murphy and Peters’ design, according to Judge Tone Wheeler was ‘modest and delightful’, adding that ‘the judges all wanted to move in’.  

The runners-up, Townsin and Schaple were commended for their inclusion of a central courtyard in their aptly named ‘Lithe’ house that offered smart solutions for adapting to weather among others.  

Wheeler comments that sustainability in architecture comes from the footprint of the project and its ability to adapt to future changes, either in use or in technology.

Glenn Simpkin, Boral Group Brand & Marketing Manager says the Award is the company’s way of fostering new ideas for the suburban built environment, encouraging designers to use clay, concrete and timber products in a creative and sustainable context.  

The 2010 Boral Design Awards jury consisted of industry representatives such as Tone Wheeler from Environa Studio in Sydney, Paul Owen from Owen and Vokes in Brisbane, Nick Drougas from Metricon in Melbourne, Glenn Simpkin from Boral, and Jury Chair Andrew Mackenzie, editor-in-chief of Architectural Review Australia magazine.