The Australian Institute of Architects recently announced the winners of the 2014 International Architecture awards.
The AIA’s international members submitted 24 projects, with five receiving awards, and six receiving commendations. According to the AIA, the institute’s international membership serves to help its more than 550 members in more than 20 countries maintain their connection to the profession in Australia despite living and working elsewhere. Most of the winning projects are located in Asia.
The award for Small Project Architecture went to Shelter@Rainforest by Marra + Yeh Architects. The architects, with offices in Sydney and Malaysia, created a zero-energy house for the manager and guests of a forestry company in the jungle in Borneo. Jury Chair Peter Wilson noted that “the Small Project Award for a highly sustainable Rainforest Shelter must be singled out as exemplary. It is not a product of big bucks overseas work, more a responsible, sensitive signpost and yardstick.”
Brearley Architects + Urbanists’ (B.A.U.) Kunshan Modular Pavilions received the commendation in the category. The three-metre tall pavilions were designed to provide adaptable social space for citizens along the Kunshan Boulevard.
In Commercial Architecture, WOHA’s ParkRoyal on Pickering in Singapore bagged the top prize, “achieving a fine balance of the natural and the cultural,” according to the jury. The luxury hotel project overflows with layers of tropical plants and palm trees, merging with the nearby park and forging ahead with Singapore’s “green city” theme.
Commendation in the category went to Asia Square, Denton Corker Marshall’s commercial project in Singapore’s Marina Bay and home to the Westin Singapore.
Denton Corker Marshall took home the prize for Public Architecture for the Stonehenge Exhibition and Visitor Centre in the UK. Sited on the Salisbury Plain in close proximity to the stones, the structure’s broad and gently undulating roof shelters 211 sloping columns and provides education and interpretive space for the exhibit.
“This is a building that does justice to a UNESCO World Heritage site; its lightness and reversibility giving dignity to the solidity and timelessness of the standing stones 2.4 kilometres away beyond the horizon,” said jury chair Peter Wilson.
The jury handed out two Commendations for the category to the Phoenix Valley Youth Palace and Grand Theatre, in Wujin, China, and the Binus Kindergarten and Primary School, by Denton Corker Marshall Jakarta (PT Duta Cermat Mandiri).
BVN Donovan Hill captured the Interior Architecture prize for the ASB North Wharf project in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter, home of the bank’s new corporate headquarters. The company also garnered the Commendation for the Regional Terminal at Christchurch Airport, which was a joint project between Air New Zealand and Christchurch International Airport. New Zealand firm Jasmax worked in association with BVN Donovan Hill on both projects.
Residential Architecture belonged to Kerry Hill Architects this year, as the firm won the award for the Sukhothai Residences in Bangkok, and the Commendation for Urban Suites. The Sukhothai Residences comprise 196 luxury homes in 41 storeys, and Urban Suites comprises three 20-storey towers in Singapore.
The five winning projects will proceed to the National Architecture Awards in the international category. The Jørn Utzon Award for International Architecture will be announced November 6 in Darwin.