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June 10, 2021

South Australian Architecture Awards 2021 winners announced

The South Australian chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects has once again weighed up the architectural output of the state and decided on the best built-form projects to come from the last 12 months. Here are the winners of the 2021 South Australian Architecture awards.

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City of Adelaide Prize

Her Majesty’s Theatre Redevelopment, COX Architecture

Her Majesty’s Theatre is brought back to life through this redevelopment. It enhances the public experience, contributing to the cultural and economic growth of the city, providing tourism opportunities and re-activating this central-city historic building and precinct.


City of Adelaide Prize – People’s Choice Award

Vietnamese Boat People Monument – ‘Guiding Light’, Rosella Badios

A beautifully crafted and emotive tribute to those that made the gruelling journey across open seas, and those that perished along the way in search of new beginnings. This memorial is a powerful and ultimately uplifting addition to public art within the City of Adelaide, resonating with communities beyond those that it commemorates.


Educational Architecture – The Dr John Mayfield Award

Wilderness School Learning Commons, COX Architecture

A successful collaboration between client and architect delivers a building which will “inspire, shape and change” learning for Wilderness students by creating a beautiful, dynamic environment that promotes innovation, creativity, and connection. 


Interior Architecture – The Robert Dickson Award

EOS by SkyCity, Walter Brooke & Associates + Hecker Guthrie

EOS by SkyCity exudes a timeless elegance with a calming sensibility. A brilliant response to a brief that called for a world-class, unique and exclusive five-star boutique hotel in the heart of Adelaide.

Awards: Walkerville Residence (Williams Burton Leopardi) and Margie’s Dream (Architects Ink).


Emerging Project Award – Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)

Kingswood House, Archaea

Kingswood House communicates an intelligible sensitivity in architectural presentation and sings a playfulness within its intersecting angular forms and finely detailed curved interiors. Archaea demonstrates a sincere commitment as an emerging practice to deliver architecture of great value to clients while also ensuring the knowledge and design processes required are passed onto the next generation.


Small Project Architecture – The Marjorie Simpson Award

Old Government House – Coach House, Arcuate Architecture

Nestled in the established gardens of the Governor’s former summer residence in Belair National Park, this very modest project successfully provides more flexibility and enhances visitor experience. A refreshing and contemporary project that makes a valuable contribution to the state’s built heritage.


Heritage Architecture – The David Saunders Award

Her Majesty’s Theatre Redevelopment, COX Architecture

The redevelopment of Her Majesty’s Theatre has given vibrant new life to the last remaining Tivoli theatre in Australia. Originally constructed in 1913, the redevelopment celebrates the theatre’s rich history and redesigns and expands the theatre for modern requirements and a prosperous future.


Commercial Architecture – The Keith Neighbour Award

Meals on Wheels SA Head Office, JPE Design Studio

An architectural expression of the organisation’s operations and social values, the Meals on Wheels SA Head Office thoughtfully unites staff and visitors by bringing together administration, commercial production, storage and distribution facilities into a single home.


COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture

Lockleys Oval Redevelopment, Walter Brooke & Associates

The Lockleys Oval Redevelopment provides a home for multiple local sports and community organisations. This award recognises the expert use of a quintessentially Australian material for a building that responds to Australian sporting tradition.


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Residential Architecture – Houses, New – The John S Chappel Award

St Peters House, Con Bastiras Architects

Between historic houses and a non-descript shopping strip, this new house borrows from its neighbours to inform its variety of roof forms and shapes concealing lush courtyards and delightful private spaces. A seamless integration of architecture, interior design and classic vintage furniture collection.

Awards: Hillside House (Architects Ink) and First Creek House (Troppo Architects)


Public Architecture – The Jack McConnell Award

Her Majesty’s Theatre Redevelopment, COX Architecture

The redevelopment of Her Majesty’s Theatre is both an architectural and cultural celebration sympathetic to nostalgic public connections to the old theatre and its national importance. Past, present and future narratives sit alongside one another comfortably with reference to past performers and a level of materiality that embraces the atmospheric aura of an iconic art deco theatre. 

Awards: CAA Higher Courts Redevelopment (Hassel with Baukultur)


Residential Architecture – Houses, Alternations + Additions – The John Schenk Award

Kingswood House, Archaea

The Kingswood House project provides a playful, light-filled contemporary extension to a sandstone cottage reinvigorating the whole site. The house radiates warmth through its textures, colours, careful timber detailing of curved walls, and incorporation of breeze block bench support detail in the kitchen. 

Awards: …number 78 (Black Rabbit Architecture + Interiors) and Walkerville Residence (Williams Burton Leopardi)


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