Students Building With Brick All The Way To Venice

Think Brick Awards (14/12/2015)

The winner has been announced for Think Brick’s About Face Award at the annual Gala Dinner hosted in Sydney.

Held in August, Australia’s richest design awards awarded the prize to Ellyn Tien and Asile Wong with their ‘Shared Urban Dwelling Spaces’ project.

Students were asked to design and construct a contemporary prototype dwelling or public infrastructure based on the Knitlock system - which involves interlocking concrete reinforced tiles.

Entrants were required to build their own version of Walter Burley Griffin’s ‘Pholiota’ 1916 project which used the Knitlock system.

All students had to consider intelligent use of material and labour and the structure was judged on its thermal resistance and integrity.

The winning entry looked at the notion of rooms being shared spaces, especially in urban neighbourhoods with a growing population.

The students won a trip to the 2014 Venice Biennale, the world class exhibition attended by the international architectural community, along with the $500 cash prize.

Think Brick Australia CEO Elizabeth McIntyre said that the quality of entries is encouraging as it embodies contemporary architecture.

“The promising future of modern Australian architecture is showcased with the exceptional entries in this category.”

There were a record number of entries in this year’s Think Brick Awards with over 150 entries and it is expected that 2014 will achieve an even more overwhelming response.

In 2014, the Awards will increase prize money for each category and will introduce the Grand Prix Prize for the overall winner of the 5 categories.

For more information contact Kristine Shepherd on 02 8448 5500 or kristine@thinkbrick.com.au