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Aussie Architecture Awards 2008


"The interior architecture of the Nigel Peck Centre is experienced as an intriguing architectural drama," remarked the jury, "where the unfolding hierarchy of events seamlessly resolves into a delightful and impressive array of inspiring places."

The jury added, "The architecture significantly improves... the open space around the site through well-scaled dramatic forms, thoughtful detailing of quality materials and high levels of transparency to interconnect interior and exterior spaces."

New Town Center

Located in the outer western suburbs of Sydney, the Rouse Hill Town Centre is a mixed-use complex at the heart of a planned new 120-hectare (300-acre) residential development. The program includes retail and commercial space, a nine-screen cinema, library and community facilities, and a health and medical center.

Rice Daubney, Allen Jack + Cottier, and Group GSA together designed forms that create a sense of openness in the public realm while limiting solar penetration in between buildings, reducing storefront solar gain and providing shade to pedestrians. A uniform paving material in pedestrian areas helps build a sense of cohesion and identity, while materials, color, and form distinguish different quadrants, providing visual and spatial variety.

The jury awarded the project for its urban design, recognizing that a consortium of architects, developers, and planners, including master planners Civitas Urban Design & Planning, have contributed to making the greater development pedestrian-friendly and more sustainable.

Steel Shed

The Aurora Operations Facility is a large industrial structure that stands in an open Tasmanian landscape. The jury awarded the building the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture, praising it for "the clarity of structural expression and the thinness of the roof."

Designed by Heffernan Button Voss Architects, the project achieves internal spans of 38 meters (125 feet), and a 12-meter (39-foot) cantilever for the truck bays, with a modest 460 universal beam. Steel was also used creatively for door frames, security gates, roofing, wall panels, and frames.

"This is an elegant and inventive building that delights in many ways," continued the jury. "It sits well in the landscape, it uses materials cleverly and it transforms the big industrial shed, taking it to a new level of sophistication."

The Australian Institute of Architects 2008 National Architecture Awards were presented on October 30. The categories included public, international, single-family residential, sustainable, multifamily residential, commercial, historic preservation, small project, and interior architecture, and urban design, in addition to the special awards for enduring and steel architecture. In all, 31 awards and commendations were awarded to projects in Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), New South Wales, Western Australia, and South Australia, as well as China and Singapore.

The jury was chaired by Alec Tzannes, LFRAIA, Tzannes Associates, and also included Geoff Warn, RAIA, Donaldson + Warn Architects; Simon Knott, RAIA, BKK Architects; Susan Phillips, RAIA, Pilkington Phillips Architecture; and Peter Elliott, AM, LFRAIA, Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design.


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John Wardle Architects designed the Nigel Peck Centre library facility at Melbourne Grammar School.
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The new mixed-use Rouse Hill Town Centre, designed by Rice Daubney, Allen Jack + Cottier, and Group GSA, is part of a 120-hectare (300-acre) residential development.
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Throughout the Rouse Hill project, building designs offer shade for pedestrians and minimize solar gain for buildings.
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The Beijing National Aquatics Center (a.k.a. the Water Cube), by PTW Architects, CSCEC, and Arup, was recognized in the international architecture category.
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The Aurora Operations Facility in Tasmania was designed by Heffernan Button Voss Architects.
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The simple structure of the Aurora Operations Facility's roof clearly expresses the structural efficiency of steel.
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