Who cleaned up in the 2015 ACT Architecture Awards?

Nic Crowther
Mon 22 Jun

It’s fair to say that Canberrans undervalue the importance of architecture within their city. Too often we dismiss some the building s that surround us on the basis of being a ‘young’ city. In reality, nothing could be further fro the truth.


Image by Lee Grant

Molonglo Group - Image: LeeGrant

From Art Deco to Modernism to whatever the hell the Nishi Building is, the broad streets of Canberra are blessed with some truly striking works. Last night, the Australian institute of Architects announced the local winners, and Molonglo Group scooped the pool taking home seven of the 18 awards announced on the night.

It’s an amazing achievement for NewActon. Fender Katsalidis Architects worked with Molonglo Group to create the precinct over 10 years. In awarding the Canberra Medallion, the jury observed:

Unexpected uses are occupying and evolving in the Precinct in the way that great urban form ideally facilitates. The choices and placement of layering, made in both the intelligent uses and in the kinds of urban elements and forms, all demonstrate how architecture can be so much more than a building.


NewActon Central Facilities - Image by John Gollings
Fender Katsalidis - NewActon Central Facilities - Image: John Gollings


Other awards scooped by the group were:

  • The Sir John Overall Award for Urban Design
  • Award for Interior Architecture
  • Award for Sustainable Architecture
  • Award for Heritage
  • Art in Architecture Award
  • President’s Medal

Amazing stuff. Click here to see the full list of award-winners, including Wamboin’s stunning Box House by Rob Henry Architects


Roji Salon - Image by Jaime Diaz Berrio
Craig Tan Architects - Roji Salon - Image: Jaime Diaz Berrio


(Australian Institute of Architects)