The awards are held annually and celebrate excellence and innovation in architecture, as voted by architects' peers. They're overseen by the Australian Institute of Architects, which supports and advocates for the architecture community. The winners of these awards will qualify for the National Architecture Awards, announced in November.
A total of 97 entries have been shortlisted across 12 categories, which include interior architecture, small-project architecture, heritage, urban design and sustainable architecture. This year there has been a trend towards timber, off-form concrete, and plants and courtyards, as well as a move towards sustainability.
Well-known Sydney spaces have made the list, including the interior of the temporary Ultimo Sydney Dance Company rehearsal studios (Dunn & Hillam Architects), the Green Square Library and Plaza (Studio Hollenstein with Stewart Architecture) and the Elizabeth Bay Marina (Lahznimmo architects).
Surry Hills’ Paramount House Hotel has been nominated in both the sustainable and heritage architecture categories, and Israeli restaurant Tayim, in The Rocks, has been shortlisted for the remodeling of the historic sandstone building it’s in. Little Albion Guest House, also in Surry Hills, has been nominated in the commercial architecture category.
The winners of each category will be announced at a ceremony in Alexandria on July 5. The NSW Architecture Medallion for best entry across all categories will also be awarded, as will the NSW Premier’s Prize, the City of Sydney Lord Mayor’s Prize and the Enduring Architecture Prize.
See the full shortlist here.