TASMANIA’S top architects have had their accomplishments celebrated at the opening of the industry’s annual awards exhibition.
President of the Tasmanian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects Brad Wheeler, said the entries demonstrate the value architecture can bring to the community.
“Tasmanian architects have a fantastic record designing award-winning buildings and spaces that benefit our island state’s communities, and this year is no exception,” he said.
“From student accommodation and facilities to sports pavilions and tourist attractions, architects have again helped to provide buildings and places that enrich all our lives and provide economic benefits for our state.”
The 2016 Tasmanian Architecture Awards exhibition is also a chance for the best in the business to showcase Tasmanian design across a broad range of categories.
Australian Institute of Architects Tasmanian Chapter manager Jennifer Nichols said the exhibition gives the public a good indication of the developments happening in Tasmania.
“There’s a lot of tourism projects that are identifiable over the past three years… it shows that people are actually investing in tourism and it’s really paying off,” she said.
Among the projects in contention are visitor draw cards such as the Devil’s Corner Cellar Door, the Three Capes Track Cabins and Hatherley House Garden Pavilions in Launceston.
Judging has already concluded, but the winners will not be announced until an awards dinner on Saturday, June 25.
“Architects nominate their own work if they think it’s worthy and it is a peer judged process,” Ms Nichols said. “The jury is composed of four architects and one non-architect so it has an outside of the profession check point... you’ve got everyone, an academic, a youthful perspective and a couple of seasoned architects.”
The work is on show at LINC Tasmania in Launceston until June 3, and members of the public are invited to vote for their favourite.
“The main message that we’re trying to get out there is the value of something architecturally designed… its got benefit for use, better long term qualities and the building will last longer, and might be more adaptable in the future and also more sustainable,” she said.
Tasmanian architects have a fantastic record designing award-winning buildings and spaces.Brad Wheeler, Australian Institute of Architects