28 June 2011 – Melbourne’s AAMI Park by Cox Architecture has won three of the top Victorian Architecture Awards.

AAMI Park won the Victorian Architecture Medal, The Melbourne Prize and the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture.

The structure was also awarded the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture, which honours the creative, innovative use of steel in architecture.

In the award citation, chair of the Victorian Architecture Medal Jury, James Staughton, wrote: “AAMI Park is a worthy winner of the 2011 Victorian Architectural Medal due to the convincing architectural integration of program complexity, cultural engagement, structural innovation and environmental performance.”

Other major winners

The Sir Osborn McCutcheon Award for Commercial Architecture was won by  NH Architecture for its redevelopment of Melbourne’s Myer Bourke Street building, with its sculpted gold roof, harlequin façade and “raking atrium culminating in what must now be our city’s premier contemporary retail space.”

Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design went to John Wardle Architects who also won an award for commercial architecture for their 500 Bourke Street Podium redevelopment.

A beach house, the Sorrento House by NMBW, took out the state’s top residential award—the Harold Desbrowe-Annear Award.

Residential Architecture (New) Awards for houses: the Law Street House by Muir Mendes, Beached House by BKK and Westernport House by Sally Draper Architects.

Awards for Residential Houses (Alterations & Additions): the Foyn-Johanson House by Harrison and White, the Boston Villa by Nest Architects and the Gallery House by Denton Corker Marshall.

Elenberg Fraser’s striking A’Beckett Tower took out the Best Overend Award for Multiple Residential Architecture for their “considerable understanding, skill and inventiveness within the constraints of a developer-driven, large-scale apartment building”.

The use of Colorbond steel on the colour-rich façade also won it the Colorbond Architecture Award.

Sustainable winners

The colourful Pixel building by Studio 505 took out the state’s top sustainable architecture award. A top rated sustainable commercial building it employs anaerobic digestion, tracking solar arrays, wind turbines, fixed shading louvers, double-glazed window walls and solar panel shading.

The other winner in the sustainable category was a country residence, Hill Plains House by Wolveridge Architects  which“uses a mix of time-honoured passive solar principles and recycled materials and modern technology to create an autonomous home with no grid electricity or water connections”.

As well as receiving a Public Architecture award, Kerstin Thompson Architects’ Monash University Museum of Art took out the Marion Mahony Interior Architecture Award.

Interior Category saw two new bars awarded, The Waiting Room by 1:1 Architects for its “refreshing opulence” and the “welcoming, surprising, rigorous and forthright” Newmarket Hotel by Six Degrees Architects.

The Venny, the City of Melbourne’s communal backyard for children in Kensington was shortlisted in the Small Project category and their “resourceful, robust and raw” River Studios designed by Breathe Architecture took out the top award with their low budget conversion of derelict warehouses into much-needed arts spaces.

The other Small Project award went to a joint venture between Antarctica, Monash Architecture Studio and VicUrban for Habitat 21 Adaptable House.

Regional prizes, sponsored by the Office of the Victorian Government Architect were won by: Marysville Rebuilding Advisory Centre by bamford-dash; Gray Puksand’s La Trobe University, Shepparton and Adam Dettrick’sThe Heights Community Building in Traralgon.

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