Follow the Yellow Brick Road to riches with The Think Brick Awards in 2011

Think Brick Awards (14/12/2015)

Think Brick has just launched its Think Brick Awards for 2011 one of the richest design awards in Australia, created to encourage architects to consider the artistic, environmental, and versatile features of clay brick use.

Think Brick has just launched its Think Brick Awards for 2011 one of the richest design awards in Australia, created to encourage architects to consider the artistic, environmental, and versatile features of clay brick use. This year it is even bigger and better with the addition of a new award category with winners being announced at a high profile event in August 2011.

The Think Brick Awards feature a number of different categories including the About Face Award, the Student Open Face Award, the Horbury Hunt Award and the new Open Face Award. The About Face award is an invitation-only design competition for innovative Australian architects to push the boundaries of traditional brick design by presenting original ways of using brick in a contemporary environment. Think Brick has invited six architectural practices renowned for their commitment to research and innovation to re-think brick. The inaugural Open Face Award for conceptual design is open to anyone and the brief for the new award works in tandem with the invited About Face competition. The theme is sustainable suburbia and the focus of the Open brief is the private realm - a sustainable suburban house.

Think Brick invites architects and students to envisage a transformed suburban setting of smarter, more compact dwellings, set within an active, socially engaging street. The medium density low-rise development of existing large suburban lots in well serviced areas is an important way of providing greater suburban density, making suburban lifestyle sustainable. The Open brief calls for the design of a model two bedroom house.

Entries are also now open for the About Face Student conceptual design competition for Australian architectural students and the Horbury Hunt Award, which celebrates brick craftsmanship for built projects across the country.

Think Brick Australia represents the Australian brick industry and is committed to bringing together architects, builders, and bricklayers to ensure clay brick construction remains at the forefront of modern design for many years to come. In 2005 Think Brick engaged seven architects to deliver their visions of what a brick home of the future might look like. The Think Brick Awards are now the centrepiece of its campaign to support the Australian architects to 're-think brick' in their projects. For further information on how to enter the Think Brick Awards, please visit www.thinkbrick.com.au