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South Australian Architecture Awards 2016
AIA National Architectural Prize – Winners: Tonsley Innovation Hub Adelaide
27 Jul 2016
Australian Institute of Architects’ 2016 South Australian Architecture Awards
Reinvented innovation hub dominates South Australian Architecture Awards in 2016
The redevelopment of a former car manufacturing plant in Adelaide’s southern suburbs into an innovation hub for high value industries has dominated the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2016 South Australian Architecture Awards.
Four projects at the Tonsley Innovation Hub in Adelaide’s southern suburbs have collected seven awards across education, heritage, commercial, sustainability and urban design.
The judges said recognising Renewal SA’s transformation of the former Mitsubishi plant cemented the site as “a unique place with a strong identity for South Australia to celebrate its manufacturing history”.
The Tonsley projects awarded were Thomson Rossi’s South Australia’s Drill Core Reference Library (Colorbond® Award for Steel Architecture, Architecture Award for Commercial Architecture), the Main Assembly Building by Woods Bagot and Tridente (Awards for Heritage and Sustainable Architecture), HASSELL’s Flinders University Building (The Dr John Mayfield Award for Educational Architecture) and Oxigen (Award for Sustainable Architecture, Commendation for Urban Design).
Renewal SA General Manager for Project Delivery Mark Devine said Tonsley’s physical development supported the broad economic vision for the site.
“Quality architecture and design have always been primary considerations in the plans for Tonsley, so it’s wonderful to have all the work that went into these projects acknowledged by the peak body for the profession,” he said.
The awards follow on from Tonsley’s recent success at the 2015 World Architecture News Awards, where it won the award for Adaptive Reuse, beating more than 60 projects from around the globe.
HASSELL was also awarded The Jack McConnell Award for Public Architecture for its Stretton Community and Innovation Centre in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.
Sans-Arc Studio was awarded the 2016 City of Adelaide Prize, which recognizes innovation and design excellence that enhances the city’s vibrancy and character, for the quirky bar Pink Moon Saloon.
In the public realm, commendations were awarded to:
Henley Square Remade by TCL with Troppo Architects, Glenunga Community Hub by Greenway Architects
and the Zoos SA Nature’s Play Ground by Phillips/Pilkington Architects and WAX Design
and the Adelaide Oval footbridge by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, Taylor Cullity Lethlan and Aurecon.
while Francesco Bonato was awarded the Sir James Irwin President’s Medal.
Text by Andrew Spence
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AIA 2016 South Australian Architecture Awards
South Australian Architecture Awards 2016 honour the social, economic and cultural benefits of architecture
The diversity of projects being undertaken by architects in South Australia, who are responding to the challenges of today and needs of tomorrow, will be honoured at the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2016 SA Architecture Awards held on Saturday 2 July at the 2015 architecture award-winning Adelaide Oval.
Four projects from the Tonsley redevelopment have collected seven Awards across education, heritage, commercial, sustainability and urban design, cementing the project as a ‘unique place with a strong identity for South Australia to celebrate its manufacturing history’. See below for full list of award winners.
The role of architects Woods Bagot and Tridente in deciding to retain the Main Assembly Building (MAB) structure and surrounding building pods along with vibrant urban spaces designed by Oxigen, ‘is testament to both the vision of the client, the skills and collaboration of the designers and the urban design guidelines developed for the site,’ the jury said.
South Australia’s Drill Core Reference Library by Thomson Rossi provides an important gateway to the huge 61-hectare Tonsley site, which is currently transforming into an education, research and business hub. HASSELL’s Flinders University building further defines the former MAB along with the TAFE campus to the south.
Public architecture was dominated by projects that provide significant social and cultural benefits to our communities with the integration of public spaces becoming integral to the design process. The coveted Jack McConnell Award for Public Architecture, is awarded to the Stretton Centre by HASSELL, which the jury praised as ‘an architecturally accomplished focal point for the wider northern suburbs community’.
Continuing the accolades for projects in the public realm, commendations were awarded to Henley Square Remade by TCL with Troppo Architects, Glenunga Community Hub by Greenway Architects and the Zoos SA Nature’s Play Ground by Phillips/Pilkington Architects and WAX Design, which also won the community’s vote for the City of Adelaide Prize People’s Choice Award.
The new technology incubator, Base 64 in Kent Town was designed by Williams Burton Leopardi within a heritage building, and has been honoured with both the Keith Neighbour Award for Commercial Architecture and David Saunders Award for Heritage.
‘Base 64 has a unique quality that is difficult to define — part co-working, domestic, gallery, retreat and public space. It provides clues as to how contemporary workplaces might evolve to be more collaborative, networked, and personal,’ the jury said.
The latest in residential design incorporates clean, modern design, ample natural light, access to outdoor spaces and solid environmental approaches, with five accolades given in the New Houses category.
Veil and Mortar by Khab Architects, ‘a playful and dramatic addition to a symmetrical cottage’, was awarded the top honour for Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions), the John Schenk Award. The Jury was impressed with all entries in the category this year, showcasing the value architects bring when responding to the needs of their client in adapting an existing home.
The Small Project category celebrates areas of design that may be traditionally overlooked, pavilions and shelters, to public toilets. A 10sqm home study addition by Grieve Gillett Anderson received the top Marjorie Simpson Award for Small Project Architecture by the jury, who said the project ‘embodies a real joy in architectural outcomes and contributes to a broader approach to residential design’.
As the profession currently speculates the future of architecture. The Jack Cheesman Award for Enduring Architecture recognises a significant building over 25 years. This year the South Australian Forensic Science Centre by the SA Public Buildings Department, has been honoured as a distinguished example of late Australian brutalism.
Educational Architecture Prize:
Emerging Architect Prize:
Enduring Architecture Prize:
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