The 2017 Think Brick Award winners were announced in Melbourne in August 2017 showcasing the most innovative and creative uses of clay bricks, concrete masonry and roof tiles in Australian contemporary architecture.
From hundreds of entrants, this year’s five category winners were awarded the top honours based on the imaginative, creative and innovative ways in which they used clay brick, concrete masonry and roof tiles in built projects.
Elizabeth McIntyre, CEO of Think Brick Australia, said “Once again the calibre of entries was inspiring. This year we saw some impressive innovation in the use of brick, masonry and roof tiles that really pushed the boundaries of contemporary architecture. We saw design that was unexpectedly delightful and playful, design that displayed sophisticated reimagining of classical shapes, and also projects that redefined the concept of a simple brick building.”
“One of the main trends we noted in the entries was an increase in the use of brick in interiors, particularly as a way to unify indoor and outdoor spaces. Among the entries there was also a real sense of using brick to create a sense of grounded-ness and permanence. We also saw more entries for multi-residential housing, reflecting the increase of apartment dwelling in our inner city areas, plus more use of concrete masonry in residential and commercial interiors,” added Ms McIntyre.
Across the five categories, 21 finalists were selected with the five winners listed each receiving a cash prize of $10,000 for demonstrating original and new designs in their particular category.
The jury comprised of seven local and international architecture industry experts.
The 2017 Think Brick Award category winners were:
Barkers Road Townhouses by Kavellaris Urban Design – Winner of the Horbury Hunt Commercial Award
House Au Yeung by Tribe Studio Architects – Winner of the Horbury Hunt Residential Award
Crescent House by Deicke Richards – Winner of the Bruce Mackenzie Landscape Award
Perimeter House by MAKE Architecture – Winner of the Kevin Borland Masonry Award
Kempsey Crescent Head Surf Life Saving Club by Neeson Murcutt Architects – Winner of the Robin Dods Roof Tile Excellence Award