Think Brick, Think Masonry, Think Roof Tile Winners

Think Brick Awards (13/12/2015)

Announced at a gala presentation at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne on Friday 8 August, twenty-five exemplary projects from across Australia have been recognized in the 2014 Think Brick Awards, Australia’s richest design awards. Now in its eighth year, the Think Brick Awards celebrates design excellence in the use of clay brick, concrete masonry and roof tiles by Australia’s best architects and designers.

Each of this year’s winners has imaginatively explored brick construction, concrete masonry and roof tiles, challenging preconceived ideas about the use of some of the world’s oldest and most trusted building materials. In these twenty-five projects, the versatility of these materials is showcased, from inner-city homes and university colleges, to rural police stations and waterparks.

This year, exciting changes were made to the Think Brick Awards categories. The Kevin Borland Concrete Masonry Award now embraces residential projects, and the Landscape Award has been renamed the Bruce Mackenzie Landscape Award after the renowned landscape architect. Also in 2014, the Roof Tile Excellence Award has been introduced, recognizing architects who use concrete and terracotta roof tiles in commercial and residential projects.

In 2014 the awards jury considered a record number of entries, with the twenty-five winners selected from nearly 300 entries. This impressive body of work was considered by an eminent jury comprising renowned architects and experts, including Neil Durbach (Durbach Block Jaggers, NSW), Emma Williamson (CODA Studio, WA), Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey (O’Donnell + Tuomey, Ireland), Cameron Bruhn (Architecture Media) and Elizabeth McIntyre (Think Brick).

Category winners receive a $10,000 cash prize, and the Grand Prix Award prize winner receives a trip for two to the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture.

Excellence is recognized across five categories: the Horbury Hunt Commercial Award, the Horbury Hunt Residential Award, the Kevin Borland Masonry Award, the Bruce Mackenzie Landscape Award and the Roof Tile Excellence Award. The winners and finalists from the 2014 Think Brick Awards are:

Horbury Hunt Commercial Award winner and Grand Prix winner:
UNSW Kensington Colleges (NSW) - Bates Smart

Horbury Hunt Commercial Award finalists:
Dallas Brooks Community Primary School (Vic) - McBride Charles Ryan
Foley Park Amenities (NSW) - Stanic Harding
Firbank Grammar Learning Hub (Vic) - ARM Architecture
North Melbourne Townhouses (Vic) - Freadman White Architects

Horbury Hunt Residential Award winner:
Aperture House (Qld) - Cox Rayner Architects and Twofold Studio

Horbury Hunt Residential Award finalists:
Fairbairn Rd (Vic) - Inglis Architects
Jewel House (Vic) - Karen Abernethy Architects
Skylight House (NSW) - Andrew Burges Architects
Alexandra Street House (Vic) - Robert Simeoni Architects

Kevin Borland Masonry Award winner:
Clayfield House (Qld) - Richards and Spence

Kevin Borland Masonry Award finalists:
Kew Residential Home (Vic) - Onoff Architecture Studio
Curlewis House (Vic) - NMBW Architecture Studio
Pyalong Police Station (Vic) - Judd Lysenko Marshall Architects
Fairfield Hacienda (Vic) - MRTN Architects

Bruce Mackenzie Landscape Award winner:
Devonport Surf Life Saving Club Precinct (Tasmania) - Hansen Partnership

Bruce Mackenzie Landscape Award finalists:
Wet N Wild Sydney (NSW) - Site Image Landscape Architects
Saint Kilda House (Vic) - Clare Cousins Architects
Box Hill Gardens Multi Purpose Area (Vic) - ASPECT Studios + NMBW Architecture Studio
Cubo Rear Garden (Vic) - PHOOEY Architects collaborating with Simon Ellis Landscape Architects

Roof Tiling Excellence Award winner:
A House with Tiles On It (NSW) - Welsh + Major Architects

Roof Tiling Excellence Award finalists:
Bristile Roofing Port Macquarie (NSW) - Lanfranchi Housing
Canterbury Residence (Vic) - Phillip Mannerheim Architect
The Shingle House (Vic) - Clare Cousins Architects
Knox Grammar Great Hall (NSW) - Jones Sonter Architects

For images and full jury citations for the winning and highly commended projects please contact ea@thinkbrick.com.au