The AIA Newcastle Architecture Awards celebrate urban regeneration


Restoration, rejuvenation, revitalization and renewal were the central themes of many of the winning projects from the Australian Institute of Architects Newcastle Architecture Awards announced last Friday. Fourteen outstanding projects around Newcastle and the Hunter region have been recognized for their excellence in various categories.

The parade of winners was led by SJB’s Newcastle East End Stage 1 project, Durbach Block Jaggers and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer who took top honors winning the Newcastle Medal as well as the Residential Architecture – Multi-Housing Award. SJB also received the Urban Design Award for this planned, four-stage project.

Observing that “Newcastle is a unique city in Australia with a rich mosaic of urban forms and urban spaces”, the jury said that the Newcastle East End Stage 1 project “provides an excellent illustration of how other projects in urban regeneration along Hunter Street in East Newcastle should come”.

“The secret to effectively reinventing a city is to reinvent the processes that bring new places to life. With this idea in mind, the development of Newcastle East End Stage 1 is important as it strikes a balance between land uses, community expectations and market realities.

Newcastle Station and Conrad Gargett’s Public Realm won a commendation in the Urban Design category for their work restoring and redeveloping this iconic part of the city.

EJE Architecture won the commercial architecture award for Kingsley by Crystalbrook Collection, their transformation of the council’s former administrative centre.

“Any alterations to this beloved 1970s brutalist landmark were going to be controversial among Novocastrians and our local community of practitioners,” the jury said. The jury applauded EJE Architecture for “successfully balancing the restoration of a historic building in the round with the adaptive transformation of the former administration building into Newcastle’s first five-star luxury hotel”.

The Pangolin by Fabric Architecture Studio won a commendation in the Commercial Architecture category for the impressive transformation of “what was a squash court into a sustainable masonry building covered with zinc tiles that will serve as the headquarters for club projects” .

EJE Architecture with Suede Interior Design also won the interior design award for the interiors of this renewal project.

Additionally, EJE Architecture won an interior design award for the fit-out of the Lake Macquarie City Council administration office, which provides a more efficient workspace that also references the surrounding landscape.

MSDS won the Residential Architecture – Houses (New) Award for Hamilton Garden House, which the jury described as representing “the value of what good design can bring to our cities and the people who live there, namely gestures simple but strong spatial ones”.

SPCC Cessnock Senior Building by SHAC won the educational architecture award with the jury describing it as “the epitome of what educational environments should look like”.

The new Tuncurry Museum & Golf Facility by Michael Fox Architects has won a public architecture award, with the jury highlighting the building’s low embodied energy and its relationship to landscape views.

The Catherine McAuley Catholic Chapel by Webber Architects received the ColorBond Award for Steel Architecture for a project made possible only by the impressive structural capabilities of this material and which, according to the jury, “reflects the strength of the new Catholic community”. .

In the Heritage category, Nihon University Newcastle Campus by dwp | The global design partnership with Azusa Sekkei Co. Pty Ltd received a commendation for its work on Newcastle’s Old Courthouse. The jury described their painstaking restoration work as “skilfully balancing respect for the heritage building and embodying a new, low-key, forward-looking design, the campus has been meticulously restored to avoid the environmental footprint removal and reconstruction”.

Full list of winners 2022

Category | Winner | Practical | Awards/Congratulations

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 from Crystalbrook Collection | EJE Architecture | Award

Commercial Architecture | The Pangolin | Fabric Architecture Workshop | Recommendation

Public architecture | Tuncurry Golf Museum and Facility | Michael Fox Architects | Award

Pedagogical architecture | SPCC Cessnock Senior Building | SHAC | Award

Interior architecture | Kingsley from Crystalbrook Collection | EJE Architecture with Suede Interior Design | Award

Interior architecture | Lake Macquarie Town Council Administration | Office layout | EJE Architecture | Award

Interior architecture | The Lair | Ode Studio with Ash Greenaway | Recommendation

Interior architecture | vampire | SDA | Recommendation

Heritage | Newcastle Campus of Nihon University | dwp | design global partnership with Azusa Sekkei Co. Pty Ltd | Recommendation

Residential Architecture – Multiple Dwellings | 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 Courtroom Simulation | out(fit) | Recommendation

Urban design | Newcastle East End | SJB | Award

Urban design | Newcastle Station and Public Realm | Conrad Garget | Recommendation


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