‘Empire’ takes out top architecture award


An addition to a bungalow in the Inner South suburb of Forrest has taken out the Canberra Medallion at the 2019 ACT Architecture Awards on Saturday 15 June. ‘Empire’, by Austin Maynard Architects, was designed for a family who wanted a “long-term family home that catches the sun”.

The addition, two contemporary pavilions, retained the heritage of the existing home, with an emphasis on craftsmanship and detailing to create compact, contemporary additions, according to Australian Institute of Architects ACT Jury Chair, Sarah Truscott.

“The architects have shown respect for Canberra’s built heritage by preserving the best of this home and creating smart additional living spaces inside and out for all seasons.”

‘Empire’ was also awarded the Gene Willsford Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions).

Thirty awards were presented on Saturday, with entrants ranging from small alterations to commercial buildings and institutions.

The Australian National University’s Hanna Neumann Building by Clarke Keller and dwp|design worldwide partnership received the Enrico Taglietti Award for Educational Architecture, the W Hayward Morris Award for Interior Architecture and the Pamille Berg Award for Art in Architecture.

Named award and award winners now progress to the National Architecture Awards, to be announced on 7 November.

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