Controversial container beach house design out of the box
A CONTROVERSIAL beach house constructed of shipping containers has won the major prize at the 2014 Sunshine Coast Regional Architecture Awards.
It was one of 12 outstanding projects honoured by the Australian Institute of Architects last night at Noosa Heads.
Winners of the awards, held at Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort and Spa, Noosa, will progress to the Queensland Architecture Awards to be announced in Brisbane on June 20.
Twenty-two projects were entered in the awards with 12 projects being awarded regional commendations by the jury.
In addition to a regional commendation, The Beach Box by OCE Group Architects was presented with the Gabriel Poole Award for building of the year.
The judging jury considered the utilisation of once-used shipping containers provided "a robust and cost effective opportunity to re-engage with the beach culture and mixed-use zoning of Buddina.
"The grouping provides separate private zones with pop-outs for greater internal widths, linking with decks and courtyards and a simple skillion roof over entry referencing modest beach house vernacular," the jury said.
"This playful use of containers engages simple yet appropriate interiors and integration with the landscape.
"However, its power lies in the way it engages with the street and greater public domain through blurred internal/external and public/private boundaries, street furniture and through its honest and engaging presentation.''
The post-Second World War development on the Coast and the Moffat Beach pilot study, coordinated by Roger Todd Architect, was awarded regional project of the year.
The jury hoped this study and the supporting website would alert council, architects, building designers, town planners and the general public to the long-term advantages in better conservation of post-Second World War heritage.
"It provides inspiration for new works and adaptive reuse and a platform to continue recording built history and heritage,'' the jury said.
A special Enduring Architecture Prize was awarded to Syrenuse, Mooloolaba, by Noel Robinson Architects.
The Syrenuse apartment building was constructed in 1981 and today its innovative slab and 6x6 grid means the slender structure can provide fire protection while allowing full height glazing and connection to its view and aspect.
"Its organic form marked Mooloolaba as a contemporary destination at the time and it remains a benchmark for mid-high-rise development,'' the jury said.