Three Architectus projects win AIA National Awards

14 November 2017

Three Architectus projects were recognised for design excellence at the 2017 Australian Institute of Architects National Awards announced in Canberra last night. Taking home the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture was Arts West at University of Melbourne, designed in association with ARM Architecture. The Sunshine Coast University Hospital, designed in association HDR Rice Daubney, earnt a Public Architecture National Award, while the Gipson Commons, St Michaels Grammar School won an Interior Architecture National Commendation. Congratulations to all the team.

The awards jurors noted:

“Major hospitals, once seen as complexes for doctors and nurses with patients as “cases,” are now seen as cities where the patient is the citizen – with rooms, not wards, allowing family to be there and allowing for seamless teaching and learning. This project [University of the Sunshine Coast Hospital] is a demonstration of the value of patient- centred hospitals, responding here in both form and content to its place in subtropical Queensland.”

“The architects pioneered 3D virtual modelling techniques for the [Arts West] facade by adapting gaming software. These techniques were used not only to design the steel fin array but also to directly communicate it to the fabricators. This innovative use of steel as a decorative and functional facade element defines a new direction for potential uses for this versatile material.”

“Learning here [The Gipson Commons] is witnessed by all, creating a sense that the quest for knowledge is a communal activity, in contrast to the isolated cells of traditional classrooms. This rich environment gathers the past into the learning of today and demonstrates the potential for pedagogies of the future."

Project contacts:
Arts West: marina.carroll@architectus.com.au
SCU Hospital: john.grealy@architectus.com.au 
The Gipson Commons: john.sprunt@architectus.com.au