« Australian buildings pushing new boundaries – including a ‘testosterone-charged’ creative learning center in Queensland, an iconic public building in China, and a ‘determinedly avant-garde’ house in the Victorian countryside – are among major winners at this year’s top architecture awards.
The Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Awards are Australia’s most prestigious annual architecture prizes. The 2008 awards were presented to the nation’s most inspiring recent architectural projects, and the architects who created them, at a special ceremony last night in Adelaide. A total 31 awards and commendations across 12 categories were awarded to projects in Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, the ACT, NSW, Western Australia, South Australia, China and Singapore.
Presenting the awards and commenting on this year’s winners, Jury Chair and widely acclaimed architect Alec Tzannes said: “2008 represented an exceptionally strong year for architecture, with new benchmarks set in a number of key categories – such as public architecture, single housing and multi-residential architecture, along with heritage. In particular, public architecture was very well represented, with many outstanding submissions from urban, suburban and regional locations. The most remarkable were projects involving private secondary school buildings.” »
(Source: Bustler Newsletter of November 1st 2008)