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Sand castle scoops up top award

The new Mon Repos Turtle Centre has won the top award at the 2020 Queensland Architecture Awards.

A home built into a sand dune and a centre built to protect the next generation of turtles have been given top gongs at this year’s Queensland Architecture Awards.

Bundaberg’s Mon Repos Turtle Centre, built behind the Bargara sand dunes in the Wide Bay region received the top award of the night, the Queensland Architecture Medallion.

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The new centre, designed by KIRK Architects, serves as a preparation point to witness the happenings on the beach and after dark during turtle season and is Australia’s first timber laminated diagonal-grid super structure using Queensland sourced and manufactured timber.

Jury chair and COX Architecture director Richard Coulson said the building, which had been designed to be open to daylight but also avoid light spill in the evenings was an example of using innovation in materials and technology.

“It is a response to a sensitive environment and an important issue,” Mr Coulson said.

The multi-award winning Domik ‘eco lair’ on the Sunshine Coast.

On the Sunshine Coast, the $18 million Domik ‘eco lair’ built into the sand hills beside Noosa National Park, won a State Award for Residential Architecture.

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The project we delivered for the award was the most sustainable project we ever did,” architect Noel Robinson said.

“It’s built into the ground, covered in the landscape. It’s got solar collectors, batteries, all the things that lead to self-sufficiency. It will have a life cycle of 100 years or more. We need to look at those sorts of things that enable us to deliver for the future.”

More than 20 projects across 14 categories were recognised at the Australian Institute of Architects’ Queensland Architecture Awards in Brisbane on Thursday night, with projects stretching from northern New South Wales to Far North Queensland.

Newstead’s Lucent apartments.

Brisbane’s inner-city apartment building Lucent, designed by Plazibat Architects, won the Job and Froud Award for residential architecture – Multiple Housing.

QUT’s Peter Coaldrake Education Precinct.

While the Queensland University of Technology Peter Coaldrake Education Precinct, designed by Wilson Architects in association with Henning Larsen Architects, won three awards including best sustainable architecture.

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