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The Best Tasmanian Architecture Projects Of 2020

Architecture

The Australian Institute of Architects last week announced the winners of the Tasmanian Architecture Awards, which recognises excellence and achievements in public, residential, education and commercial architecture, as well as sustainable innovation in the field.

The rugged beauty of the Tasmanian landscape never fails to excite designers from around the country. And this year’s crop of finalists is no exception!

Today we take a tour through the winners of the Residential Architecture – Houses (New) and Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations + Additions) categories.

15th June, 2020

The Lake House by Biotope Architecture + Interiors, commendation in the Residential Architecture (New) category. Photo courtesy of the Australian Institute of Architects.

The Lake House by Biotope Architecture + Interiors, commendation in the Residential Architecture (New) category. Photo courtesy of the Australian Institute of Architects.

The Lake House by Biotope Architecture + Interiors, commendation in the Residential Architecture (New) category. Photo courtesy of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Hampden Rd House by Archier, Chapter commendation in the Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations + Additions) category. Photo courtesy of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Hampden Rd House by Archier, Chapter commendation in the Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations + Additions) category. Photo courtesy of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Hampden Rd House by Archier, Chapter commendation in the Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations + Additions) category. Photo courtesy of the Australian Institute of Architects.

(Gr)ancillary Dwelling by Crump Architects, received a commendation in the Residential Architecture (Alterations + Additions) category. Photo courtesy of the Australian Institute of Architects.

(Gr)ancillary Dwelling by Crump Architects, received a commendation in the Residential Architecture (Alterations + Additions) category. Photo courtesy of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Lower Jordan Hill Road by Taylor + Hinds Architects, won the Edith Emery Award for Residential Architecture (Alterations + Additions). Photo courtesy of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Lower Jordan Hill Road by Taylor + Hinds Architects, won the Edith Emery Award for Residential Architecture (Alterations + Additions). Photo courtesy of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Lower Jordan Hill Road by Taylor + Hinds Architects, won the Edith Emery Award for Residential Architecture (Alterations + Additions). Photo courtesy of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Symmons Plains by Cumulus Studio received a commendation for Residential Architecture (Alterations + Additions), and a commendation for Steel Architecture category. Photo courtesy of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Symmons Plains by Cumulus Studio received a commendation for Residential Architecture (Alterations + Additions), and a commendation for Steel Architecture category. Photo courtesy of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Symmons Plains by Cumulus Studio received a commendation for Residential Architecture (Alterations + Additions), and a commendation for Steel Architecture category. Photo courtesy of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Symmons Plains by Cumulus Studio received a commendation for Residential Architecture (Alterations + Additions), and a commendation for Steel Architecture category. Photo courtesy of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Jetty House by Edwards + Simpson, finalist in the Residential Architecture – Houses (New) category. Photo courtesy of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Ryde Street House by Bence Mulcahy, won the chapter award for Residential Architecture (Alterations + Additions) and The Barry McNeill Award for Sustainable Architecture. Photo courtesy of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Ryde Street House by Bence Mulcahy, won the chapter award for Residential Architecture (Alterations + Additions) and The Barry McNeill Award for Sustainable Architecture. Photo courtesy of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Ryde Street House by Bence Mulcahy, won the chapter award for Residential Architecture (Alterations + Additions) and The Barry McNeill Award for Sustainable Architecture. Photo courtesy of the Australian Institute of Architects.

The Stringybark Residence by JAWS Architects, received a commendation in Residential Architecture – Houses (New) category. Photo courtesy of the Australian Institute of Architects.

The Stringybark Residence by JAWS Architects, received a commendation in Residential Architecture – Houses (New) category. Photo courtesy of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Whitton House by H2o Architects, was a finalist in the Residential Architecture – Houses (New) category. Photo courtesy of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Sasha Gattermayr
Monday 15th June 2020

From urban residences to isolated riverside retreats, the projects that won big in the Tasmanian Architecture Awards are constantly responding to their environment. Albeit in different ways!

The Lower Jordan Hill Road house by Taylor + Hinds Architects received the Edith Emery Award for Residential Architecture (Alterations + Additions) . Archier and Bence Mulcahy received category awards for their Ryde Street House and Hampden Road project respectively, while Crump Architects and Cumulus Studio took out commendations.

Though no award was recognised for the Residential Architecture category for completely new houses, the panel recognised two projects for commendations. The Lake House by Biotope Architecture + Interiors put a contemporary spin on traditional settlement-era architecture. The single-storey longhouse takes its shape and material palette from bluestone Hobart cottages to create a striking lakeside homestead surrounded by bushland. In addition, the Stringybark Residence by JAWS Architects is reminiscent of the Los Angeles Case Study houses, but with a Tasmanian twist! Set firmly in the Bonnet Hill wilderness the low, geometric house makes exciting use of timber at every opportunity.

In addition to the residential categories, Bence Mulcahy took out the Barry McNeill Award for Sustainable Architecture, and Pippa Jensen of Cumulus Studio was awarded the Emerging Architect Prize.

Congratulations to the winners!

For details, hover your cursor over the above images of projects shortlisted in the Residential Architecture – Houses (New) and Residential Architecture –Houses (Alterations and Additions) categories.

You can see the full awards shortlist here.

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