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Jason Litcht

Architectural excellence by University of Tasmania alumni was on display at the island’s annual award ceremony.

The Tasmanian Architecture Awards 2021 featured a swathe of outstanding projects by graduates from the School of Architecture and Design, including a floating sauna, a cellar door and winery, and a new visitor centre at Cradle Mountain.

Cumulus Studio, which has four alumni directors, received several awards for the Cradle Mountain visitor centre, including the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture, the Alan C Walker Award and the Dirk Bolt Award.

The design was commended by the jury for being both iconic and responsive to the site.

Cumulus was also recognised with a Commercial Architecture Chapter Award for Stoney Rise Wine, a cellar door and winery in the Tamar Valley.

Jason Licht (BEnvDes 2006, MArch 2008) from Licht Architecture received the Peter Willmott Award for the Floating Sauna Derby.

Situated on an old tin mine in the North East of Tasmania, the scenic sauna was described by the jury as visually iconic and an intriguing example of the future of sustainable tourism development in the region.

Australian Institute of Architects’ Tasmanian chapter executive director and alumna Jennifer Nichols (BEnvDes 1994, BArch Hons 1997) said good design could enrich the community and world-class travel destinations.

“It’s timely that this year’s awards have highlighted some of the exemplar new tourism buildings in Tasmania,” she said.

“As domestic tourism opens across the country, Tasmanian architecture is truly bringing its ‘A game’ and helping to show off our state.

“These projects enhance the natural landscape and add to a rich tourism experience.”

Preston Lane, founded by two University of Tasmania graduates, Daniel Lane (BEnvDes 1997, BArch Hons 1999) and Nathanael Preston (BEnvDes 1997), received a residential award for a skilful extension to a 1910 cottage in Hobart.

The President’s Prize went to Luttrell Pyefinch Architects, founded by Gregory Luttrell (BA 1987, BArch 1990) and Jonathan Pyefinch (BA EnvDes 1987).

Tasmanian Chapter President, alumnus and architect Craig Rosevear (BA EnvDes 1986, BArch 1989) said the award recognised the calm, thoughtful and considered contribution they made to the architecture profession.

“Their energy and passion for the work they create, and the people that they work with and for, is inspiring,” Mr Rosevear said.

“Caring and generous, their combined skill, knowledge, and humour has allowed their practice to thrive.”

Read the full list of winners here.

Image: Jason Licht received the Peter Willmott Award for the Floating Sauna in Derby.

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Published on: 10 Jun 2021 10:47am