Six awards were given to BVN projects by the jury at the Queensland Architecture Awards announced by the Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Chapter on 23 June 2017.
480 Queen Street won two awards, the Beatrice Hutton Award for Commercial Architecture and an award for Sustainability.
According to the jury 480 Queen Street “adds unexpected delight to Brisbane” that amongst other attributes gives the public a major new piece of art by Danie Mellor that encloses the escalator from Adelaide Street up to the elevated Hobbes Park which in turn offers previously unseen views of St John’s Cathedral.
Another named award the GHM Addison Award for Interior Architecture was given to the BHP Billiton workplace also in 480 Queen Street that according to the jury is, “a shining exemplar of the modern office”.
Also in 480 Queen Street is a whole floor designed specifically for young children for the Guardian Early Learning Centre, the jury gave it an educational architecture award and found that it offered “a new typology for early learning in a high rise commercial building.”
Another project that also received two awards was The University of Queensland Forgan Smith Building interior for the TC Beirne School of Law, one award was for interior architecture and the other for educational architecture where the jury noted, “the experience throughout is delightful and … does not fail to deliver to student’s expectations.”
Mr Brian Donovan, a Principal of BVN commented “it is wonderful to see BVN’s great work over recent years being recognised – thank you to our dedicated Project Leaders and teams.”
“The awards are also an opportunity to engage in a public conversation about architecture and hopefully provide an insight into qualities that good design brings to the built environment,” said Mr Donovan.