Many of the winning projects at this year’s Australian Institute of Architects Newcastle Architecture Awards, which were revealed last Friday, have themes of restoration, rejuvenation, revitalization, and rebirth as their central themes. Fourteen exceptional initiatives in and around Newcastle and the Hunter area were acknowledged for their excellence in various categories at the awards ceremony on June 14. Taking first place in the Newcastle Medal and the Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing Award, the Newcastle East End Stage 1 project, designed by SJB, Durbach Block Jaggers, and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, took home the Newcastle Medal and the Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing Award. The Urban Design Award was also given to SJB for this four-stage, master-planned project completed in 2012.
The Jury stated that the Newcastle East End Stage 1 project “provides an excellent illustration of how other urban regeneration projects along Hunter Street in East Newcastle should come along.” The Jury noted that “Newcastle is a unique city in Australia with a rich tapestry of urban form and urban spaces.” To successfully reinvent a city, it is necessary to reimagine the mechanisms that bring new locations to life. The Newcastle East End Stage 1 development is notable in this context because it achieves a compromise between land uses, community aspirations, and market realities. Architect Conrad Gargett’s work on Newcastle Station and Public Domain received a Commendation in the Urban Design category for their efforts in preserving and revitalizing this famous area of the city. EJE Architecture was awarded the Commercial Architecture Award for its makeover of the previous council administrative facility, known as Kingsley by Crystalbrook Collection.
This well-loved brutalist landmark from the 1970s, according to the Jury, “would be divisive among Novocastrians and our local community of practitioners” if it were altered. Newcastle’s first luxury five-star hotel, the former administration building, was hailed by the jury as having “seamlessly bridged the tight balance between repairing a historic structure in the round and adaptively changing the former government building.” The Pangolin, designed by Fabric Architecture Studio, received a Commendation in the Commercial Architecture category for its remarkable transformation of “what was a squash court into a sustainable zinc tile coated masonry structure to be employed as the headquarters for Club Projects.”
The interiors of this renovation project, designed by EJE Architecture in collaboration with Suede Interior Design, were also recognized with an Award for Interior Architecture.
The Lake Macquarie City Council Administration Office Fitout, which provides a more efficient workstation while referencing the surrounding scenery, was also recognized with an Award for Interior Architecture by EJE Architecture.
For the Hamilton Garden House, which the Jury deemed a “valuable representation of the value that excellent design can provide to our communities and the people who live in them, effortless but powerful spatial movements,” MSDS was awarded the Residential Architecture – Houses (New) Award.
The SPCC Cessnock Senior Building was designed by SHAC that was awarded the Educational Architecture Award, with the Jury praising it as “the pinnacle of what educational spaces should resemble.”
This year’s Award for Public Architecture was given to the new Tuncurry Museum & Golf Facility designed by Michael Fox Architects. The Jury praised the building’s low embodied energy and link to views in the countryside.
The ColorBond Award for Steel Architecture was given to Webber Architects for the Catherine McAuley Catholic Chapel, which was made feasible solely by the fantastic structural capabilities of steel, and which, according to the judges, “reflects the strength of the new Catholic community.”
Their work on the old Newcastle Courthouse, Nihon University Newcastle Campus by DWP | design global in conjunction with Azusa Sekkei Co. Pty Ltd was recognized with a commendation for their efforts in the Heritage category. This meticulous restoration work, according to the Jury, was “deftly striking a balance between respecting the heritage building and embodying a fresh discreet design that looks toward the future; the campus has been meticulously reinstated. To avoid the environmental footprint of removal and reconstruction.”
Full 2022 Winners List
Category | Winner | Practice | Award/Commendation
- Newcastle Medal | Newcastle East End Stage 1 | SJB, Durbach Block Jaggers and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer | Award
- ColorBond® | Catherine McAuley Catholic Chapel | Webber Architects | Award
- Commercial Architecture | Kingsley by Crystalbrook Collection | EJE Architecture | Award
- Commercial Architecture | The Pangolin | Fabric Architecture Studio | Commendation
- Public Architecture | Tuncurry Museum & Golf Facility | Michael Fox Architects | Award
- Educational Architecture | SPCC Cessnock Senior Building | SHAC | Award
- Interior Architecture | Kingsley by Crystalbrook Collection | EJE Architecture with Suede Interior Design | Award
- Interior Architecture | Lake Macquarie City Council Administration | Office Fitout | EJE Architecture | Award
- Interior Architecture | The Lair | Ode Studio with Ash Greenaway | Commendation
Interior Architecture | Vamp | SDA | Commendation
- Heritage | Nihon University Newcastle Campus | DWP | design worldwide partnership with Azusa Sekkei Co. Pty Ltd | Commendation
- Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing | Newcastle East End Stage 1 | SJB, Durbach Block Jaggers and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer | Award
- Residential Architecture – Houses (New) | Hamilton Garden House | MSDS | Award
- Small Project Architecture | Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service Mock Courtroom | out(fit) | Commendation
- Urban Design | Newcastle East End | SJB | Award
- Urban Design | Newcastle Station and Public Domain | Conrad Gargett | Commendation
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