South Australian Architecture Awards 2019 winners revealed

Adelaide Botanic High School and UniSA’s North Terrace Cancer Research Institute were among the high-profile projects celebrated at the 2019 South Australian Architecture Awards.

Presented by the South Australian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects, the weekend’s awards ceremony recognised innovative local projects in commercial, residential and public architecture. The night’s biggest winner was Adelaide Botanic High School by Cox Architecture and Design Inc, which claimed no less than three awards with the Dr John Mayfied Award for Educational Architecture, the Robert Dickson Award for Interior Architecture and the Derrick Kendrick Award for Sustainable Architecture. Jury comments praised this new addition to the city’s north-east corner for its “endless visual connections to the botanic surroundings” and “dynamic layering of spaces and passive connectivity between public and private realms is delivered in a sophisticated manner”.

Adelaide Botanic High School (Photo: Sam Noonan)
Adelaide Botanic High School (Photo: Sam Noonan)

“The Adelaide Botanic High School exemplifies the high quality outcome that can be achieved when all parties invest in the process,” Australian Institute of Architects SA Chapter president Tony Giannone says. “This project is a community asset of lasting value – not just because of its sustainability credentials but also because it provides an example of how this State can provide state of the art educational facilities with outstanding flexibility and adaptability.”

The University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute by Swanbury Penglase with BVN (Photo: Peter Barnes)

Across town, the similarly ambitious University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute won the Jack McConnell Award for Public Architecture. Home to the University of South Australia’s Centre for Cancer Biology and School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences as well as innovative gallery and museum space MOD., the jury noted the project’s “refreshing and spatially well executed response to an otherwise difficult floor plate and site”, as well as its “consistent material palette and rhythm to the spaces successfully avoiding the common commercial language seen in many similar buildings”.

House and Cart. Khab Architects (Photo: Aaron Citti)
House and Cart by Khab Architects was among the residential projects recognised (Photo: Aaron Citti)

Cox Architecture’s work on Karen Rolton Oval at Narnungga Park 25 took out the City of Adelaide Prize, while the Grieve Gillet Andersen-designed St Mary’s Corner received both the Education Award and the publicly-voted City of Adelaide Prize (People’s Choice) – the poll of which was hosted by The Adelaide Review.

South Australian Architecture Awards 2019

Sir James Irwin Presidents Medal
Steve Grieve, Grieve Gillett Andersen

City of Adelaide Prize
Karen Rolton Oval at Narnungga Park 25, Cox Architecture

City of Adelaide Prize (People’s Choice)
St Mary’s Corner, Grieve Gillett Andersen

Jack Cheesman Award for Enduring Architecture
Colonel Light Centre, Hassell & Partners

The Keith Neighbour Award for Commercial Architecture
Mitolo Wines, Tectvs

Dr John Mayfield Award for Educational Architecture
Adelaide Botanic High School, Cox Architecture and DesignInc

Educational Architecture
St Mary’s Corner Grieve Gillett Andersen

The Gavin Walkley Award for Urban Design
Willunga Mainstreet, Mulloway Studio and WAX Design

Heritage Architecture
Willunga Mainstreet Mulloway Studio and WAX Design

The David Saunders Award for Heritage
Elder Hall Northern Upgrade and Conservation Works, DASH Architects

Sustainable Architecture 
The University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute, Swanbury Penglase with BVN

The Derrick Kendrick Award for Sustainable Architecture
Adelaide Botanic High School, Cox Architecture and DesignInc

The Robert Dickson Award for Interior Architecture
Adelaide Botanic High School, Cox Architecture and DesignInc

Interior Architecture
The University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute, Swanbury Penglase with BVN
Architecture Award: Malvern Residence, Williams Burton Leopardi

The John S Chappel Award for Residential Architecture (New)
Sugar Gum House, Architects Ink

Residential Architecture
House and Cart Khab Architects

The John Schenk Award for Residential Architecture Alterations and Additions
Malvern Residence, Williams Burton Leopardi

Public Architecture
Gawler Civic Centre, MPH Architects
St Andrew’s Hospital Eastern Clinical Development, Wiltshire + Swain

The Jack McConnell Award for Public Architecture
The University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute, Swanbury Penglase with BVN

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Sam Noonan

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