The winning projects from the 2014 Master Builders and
Cbus Excellence in Building Awards have been announced with buildings designed
by Fender Katsalidis Mirams architects (FKM) and Architects Ring and Associates
(ARAA) taking top honours.
The FKM designed Garangula Gallery in Harden, was awarded with
both the Project of the Year and a Commercial Buildings category
prize, and was celebrated by the Judges for its collaborative vision and
"The product of the collaborative vision of decorated
Canberra builders, world renowned Australian architects and the owner, the
excellence of the Garangula Gallery is as compelling as its narrative,” said
John Miller, Executive Director of Master Builders ACT said.
Sited in outback NSW, Garangula Gallery was built by
Manteena Constructions and houses an extensive collection of Aboriginal
In reference to the Aboriginal works, the building tells a story through use of recycled materials and those sourced from site. Rammed earth and stone walls, a recycled timber bridge, reflective pools, operable weathered steel screens and a sculpture courtyard are all design features of the project.
The building’s water is supplied by both supply and
recycling dams that are flow limited and contribute to the buildings
sustainability rating. LED lighting and Low VOC paints top off the
sustainability elements of the build.
“The result is a gallery which is most striking when first
viewed against its natural landscape and continues to impress, even after detailed
study,” the judges said.
The House of the Year Award went to a Papas Property Group, ARAA
and Archertec Interiors collaboration in Forrest, Canberra.
The living space is delivered across two separate wings that
are footed on a narrow, lighting and ventilation-conscious floor plate. The ‘formal wing’ houses the kitchen and
family room and its design benefits eastern and northern sun for great solar
gains all day throughout winter, whilst encouraging shading in summer.
Miller explains that the narrow footprint of the Forrest
house also benefits natural cross ventilation and creates connectivity between
“Full advantage is taken of the solar gains from the site,
and the narrow footprint allows for natural cross ventilation. The judges were
impressed with both the connectivity and flow between the dining room, kitchen
and family room,” Miller explains.
The judges also applauded the quality of materials used
throughout the Forrest house which included Alucobond cladding, stone feature
walls, glazing, double glazed windows and high quality paint.
“Precise attention to detail and the highly finished product
are directly attributable to the passion and dedication of all involved,” cited
The awards were held 27 June at the National Convention and
Exhibition Centre, Canberra and were hosted by Grand Design Australia's Peter
- Supplier of the Year, Skyhire
- Project Manager of the Year, Ross Greenup, Shaw Building
- Subcontractor of the Year, J & J Interiors
- Emerging Residential Builder of the Year, Steve Pinto, Pinto
- Emerging Commercial Builder of the Year, Ivan Potrebica,
Garangula Gallery: John Gollings
Forrest House: Canberra Times.