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Australians Win at World Architecture Festival

The World Architecture Festival took place in Barcelona between 2 and 4 November, with 2 Australian projects taking out prizes in their nominated categories.

Australians Win at World Architecture Festival


November 7th, 2011

As always, there was a strong Australian contingent at this year’s World Architecture Festival, the annual meeting of architects presenting over 700 projects from 59 countries.

Kurilpa Bridge by Cox Rayner took out the Transport category.

Kurilpa Bridge was based upon the principles of ’tensegrity’ – a system of isolated components in compression and tension – the world’s largest structure employing these principles. The structure was designed in collaboration with Arup and links the Brisbane CBD to the city’s Arts precinct.




Photography: Christopher Frederick Jones


Domenic Alvaro’s Small House, a compact vertical house in Sydney’s Surry Hills won the House category.

Situated on a site that, as the architect describes, is so small it can fit into the garage of a typical sprawling suburban home, Small House demonstrates the potential of building upwards rather than outwards, with flexible spaces that can be used in different ways.





Photography: Trevor Mein


The full list of shortlisted projects at this year’s awards is as followed:


Bayside Police Station – Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT)
Surry Hills Library and Community Centre – FJMT
Gippsland Water Factory Vortex Centre – DesignInc
Liverpool Hospital Clinical Service Block 2 (CSB2) – Rice Daubney
Crown Metropol – Bates Smart
Saffire – Circa Architecture
Chimney House – Onix
Glass Loggia House – Allen Jack + Cottier
Ilma Grove – Andrew Maynard Architects
Orange Grove House – Fiona Winzar Architects
Small House – Domenic Alvaro
Strelein Warehouse – Ian Moore Architects
Teixiera House – Brian Meyerson Architects
12-15 Regent Street – Tony Owen Partners
HMAS Creswell Griffiths House – BVN Architecture
Lilyfield Houseing Redevelopment – HBO+EMTB
MUMA – Monash University Museum of Art (landscape) – Kerstin Thompson Architects
Deakin University, Building I Lecture Theatre – Woods Bagot
PEGS Junior Boys School – Years 5 & 6 Building – McBride Charles Ryan
Trades North TAFE – JCY Architects and Urban Designers
Harris Street Studios – Allen Jack + Cottier
Myer Bourke Street Redevelopment – NH Architects
Ecosciences Precinct – HASSELL
Kurilpa Bridge – Cox Rayner Architects
Milson Island Sport and Recreation Centre – Allen Jack + Cottier

Port Arthur Resort – Circa Architecture
South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) – Woods Bagot
The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA – Rice Daubney

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