The strong state of the architecture industry is not going unnoticed. The Australian industry is one of the country’s most lucrative sectors, coming off a strong year with an increased number of initiatives gaining both national and international attention.
This year’s award season has seemed to stretch on unusually long as Australia continues to be recognised for world-class projects time and again in various architectural fields.
Winning world-first awards such as ‘best tall building’, promoting a wide range of record-breaking tall skyscrapers as well as a growing green sector and extensive new urban planning and precinct development plans, the national built arena has certainly gained the world’s attention.
This was reinforced at the 2012 World Architecture Festival Awards (WAF), where more than 50 projects by Australian design teams have been shortlisted.
Firms earning multiple nominations include HASSELL, with five projects shortlisted and BVN up for 10 awards.
Other firms that have been recognised on the global stage include NH architecture for the Saltwater Coast Lifestyle Centre, Cox Architecture subsidiary Cox Rayner Architects for the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum and the highly-acclaimed, and multi-award winning, Royal Children’s Hospital by Billard Leece Partnership and Bates Smart.
The award categories include civic and community buildings, cultural buildings, display, health, higher education/research, hotel/leisure to offices, schools, housing and landscaping.
The WAF has put Australian architecture even more notably on the industry map than ever before. While the country has always had a strong built environment, if there was one major vein that has run through the national architecture awards, linking winning projects together, it is that the recognised designs offer something ‘more’.
Australian architecture is innovative and unique, marrying form and function, with a mysterious twist making each project stand out in its own light.
The WAF awards will be held in Singapore at the beginning of October this year.