Australian Architecture Awards 2007
Projects recognized in the Royal Australian Institute of Architects national architecture awards for 2007 range from a small house to a grand state library and a mixed-use tower over 80 stories. Most of the two-dozen buildings stand in the populous eastern states, with a few farther-flung exceptions.
"Sustainability was a thematic across all of the categories, and has quickly become embedded into the core practice of architecture, with its rapid 'mainstreaming,'" said jury chair Carey Lyon, director of Melbourne-based architecture firm Lyons. "The Jury considered that the separate category for Sustainability may now have built in obsolescence."
The new State Library of Queensland in South Brisbane has been recognized as a positive reinvention of a public institution. Donovan Hill and Peddle Thorp Architects collaborated on the project as a joint venture, creating a new five-level structure and adding a fifth level over the existing building, which was also extensively renovated.
Located on the Brisbane River across from Brisbane's central business district, the library is a visible cultural resource without stretching for iconism. Much of the concrete exterior is pigmented green, which the jury viewed as a reference to the landscape. The library received the RAIA's highest awards for both public architecture and interior architecture.
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