Gold Coast/Northern Rivers Regional Architecture Awards Winners

A joint venture between PDT, STH and HASSELL, and a separate project by dm2architecture, have taken top honours in the 30th Australian Institute of Architects’ 2013 Gold Coast/Northern Rivers Regional Architecture Awards.

A total of 18 projects were up for awards, including a surf training centre, a hotel and a chapel in the commercial, public, interior, residential, urban design and small project categories. Awarded projects will move on to the Queensland Architecture Awards, which will be announced in Brisbane on June 21.

Gold Coast University Hospital

The Building of the Year Award and a regional commendation went to the Gold Coast University Hospital Mental Health Unit by PDT, STH and Hassell.

According to the jury, the project was “a thoroughly engaging and considered response to an overwhelmingly complex program that sets new benchmarks in healthcare and user needs.”

A Regional Commendation on Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing went to the Soul building by DBI Design. Soul is a 77-storey residential development which includes 307 two- three- and four-bedroom apartments, retail space, a restaurant and conference facilities.

sea temple surfers paradise

Sea Temple Surfers Paradise. Image Source: Wotif

“This large scale urban intervention has positively and dramatically affected the public realm of Surfers Paradise and the city skyline,” the jury said.

The Best House of The Year award went to Binna Burra Sky Lodges by dm2architecture.

The house is located in the Lamington National Park, SE QLD. The design is composed by four separate buildings, each three and a half levels high. The buildings are accessed through a communal arrival point at the mid-level of each building, and the structures are connected by a landscaped path way as they step down the ridge.

The new buildings were designed to complement the existing timber slab hut buildings Binna Burra is known for. Sitting in an environmentally sensitive area, the buildings take full advantage of spectacular northern views from each unit without sacrificing privacy, and were constructed to strict environmental, fire and climatic requirements.

Lamington National Park Gold Coast

Lamington National Park Gold Coast. Image Credit: DM2Architecture

“The architect has carefully crafted a complex brief into a thoughtful, contextual, sustainable and wonderful piece of conceptually rich architecture and legacy for its national park setting,” the jury said of the project.

Jurors included Matt Cooper of Aspect Architecture, David Brown of the Sunland Group, Finn Jones of the Gold Coast City Council, architect Paul Robertson, Alison McDonald of Griffith University, Zac Tooth of ZT A+B, Peter Scott of ABC Coast FM and Shannon Willoughby of the Gold Coast Bulletin.

The jury awarded eight Regional Commendations in addition to the Building of the Year and House of the Year Awards.

Below is a complete list of winners:

Building of the Year:

Gold Coast University Hospital Mental Health Unit, Southport, by PDT, STH and HASSELL

House of the Year:

Binna Burra Sky Lodges, Binna Burra, by dm2architecture


Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing:

Binna Burra Sky Lodges, Binna Burra, by dm2architecture

Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing & Urban Design:

Soul, Surfers Paradise, by DBI Design

Residential Architecture – Houses:

South Stradbroke Island ‘Main Hut’, South Stradbroke Island, by W.I.M Architects

Promenade Residence, Isle of Capri, by BGD Architects

Sebring Residence, Mermaid Beach, by Paul Uhlmann Architects

Public Architecture:

Gold Coast University Hospital Mental Health Unit, Southport, by PDT, STH and HASSELL (joint venture)

Interior Architecture:

Saint Stephen’s College Senior Technology Building, Upper Coomera, by Burling Brown Architects

Commercial Architecture:

Surfing Australia High Performance Centre HPC, Casuarina, by PENTARCHI & PHORM Architecture + Design

By Mercedes Martty
Top Image: Gold Coast University Hospital. Credit: Bennett + Bennett
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