16 June 2011 – A blend of the pragmatic and the poetic won a South Australian regional school the top award at the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2011 SA Architecture Awards.

The Caritas College Junior School’s external covered area in Port Augusta by Tridente Architects won the prestigious Jack McConnell Award for Public Architecture.

The jury said the external covered area at Caritas College was a remarkable blend of the pragmatic and the poetic, meeting a practical need but also creating a new identity for the school and a striking new landmark for the town.

The Building the Education Revolution program dominated the 21 entries in the public architecture category.

The jury said in a statement: “The projects honoured this year ranged enormously in program, scale and cost but share common attributes: a strong contribution to the public good, a sophisticated response to context and sense of place, innovation and exceptional value for money. And of course the elusive wow factor, difficult to define but a hallmark of architectural excellence. ”

Tridente Architects also won a public architecture award for the Sacred Heart Senior College Marcellin Learning Centre.

Hassell and Cox received a similar award for the Adelaide Oval Western Grandstand Development.

Commenting on this project the jury said: “Faced with strong community concern about the impact of redevelopment on the identity and charm of one of the world’s most historic and picturesque grounds, a plethora of heritage constraints and a tight budget and program, the architects have responded with a structure that is both respectful of the past and a model for planned future stages.”

Other key major award winners were BB Architects, recipients of the John S Chappell Award for residential architecture for the project 16R – a single bedroom addition to one of 14 state heritage-listed cottages in the west end of Adelaide.

The jury said the project “was presented as a sort of experiment of ideas on how to integrate new architecture into an old setting”.

In a triple win for the project and BB Architects it also received a Small Project Architecture Award and the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture.

In total, 33 awards, commendations and prizes were presented from a strong field of entries.

Other winners

Collaborative design

Architecture Award – Grieve Gillett Pty Ltd – South Australian Museum Biodiversity Gallery

Commercial architecture

Named Award – Matthews Architects – CMI Toyota

Heritage

Named Award – Walter Brooke and Associates – Anzac Hall and Piper Pavilion

Architecture Award – DASH Architects – Oakbank Brewery Development (Stage 1)

Interior architecture

Architecture Award – JPE Design Studio Pty Ltd

Residential architecture -houses

Architecture Award – Con Bastiras Architect – Hyde Park House

Architecture Award – Max Pritchard Architect – Fairway House

Architecture Award – Scholz Vinall – 3 on 300

Commendation – John Adam Architect – Kane Residence

Commendation – Matthews Architects – Strangways Terrace

Commendation – Studio Nine – Terrace 62

Commendation – Tectvs – Morgan Shack

Residential architecture – multiple housing

Commendation – Troppo Architects SA- Invaritji Affordable Ecohousing Project

Small project architecture

Architecture Award – BB Architects – 16R

Architecture Award – Swanbury Penglase – Pavilion No. 4

Sustainable architecture

Architecture award – DesignInc – The University of Adelaide Innova 21

Architecture award – Energy Architecture – Christies Beach High School

environmental learning centre

Commendation – Energy Architecture – Parkside House Sustainability

Commendation – Troppo Architects SA- Invaritji Affordable Ecohousing Project

Archicentre Alterations and Additions Award

Swanbury Penglase – Pavilion No. 4

The Adelaide City Council’s Adelaide Prize

Commendation – JPE Design Studio Pty Ltd – The Wave and The Edge

Enduring architecture award

Regency Park College of TAFE – Guy Maron Architect

Sir James Irwin President’s Medal

The Integrated Design Commission SA

Emerging architects prize

Sean Humphries