- by architectureau
- 26 Nov 2023
The 2023 Think Brick Awards winners have been revealed, with several design practices recognized for their creative and clever use of bricks, blocks, pavers and roof tiles in projects.
The awards jury consisted of registered landscape architect and associate director of Oculus, Claire Martin and former CEO of Think Brick Australia, Elizabeth McIntyre.
Huntington - SJB
Sited at 35 Honeysuckle Drive in Newcastle, Huntington is a mixed-use residential development with a retail offering, comprising approximately 90 apartments across three distinct architectural forms. The development sits within a revitalized housing precinct on the Hunter foreshore, which was formerly used for large-scale commercial and manufacturing operations. Industrial elements reflective of the city's history have been interwoven into the design, showcasing a warm blend of cloudy silver and smoky cashmere brick tones.
The jury praised SJB, saying the aesthetic is reminiscent of a Louis Kahn project.
"Huntington showcases brickwork in its monolithic form, which is not an easy thing to do in architecture. The bold, singular use of brick has given the building a fabric-like quality and addressed the project's scale and prominent location with an exceptional interplay of restraint and materiality. Its clever articulation and attention to detail is sure to encourage people to be committed to using brickwork and doing it well," the jury remarked.
The Crossing by Chrofi Architects, De Rome Architects and Dezignteam; St Margaret's Sports Precinct by Blight Rayner Architecture; Whitton Lane by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects and DJRD; and The Rox by Core Collective Architects all received high commendations.
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