Top architectural award goes to student dental hospital

The FDG Stanley Award for Public Architecture was awarded to the University of Queensland’s Oral Health Centre at the 2016 Queensland Architecture Awards for its unique and undeniably stunning sculptural design.
The building, which is houses a research facility, teaching facility and a functioning public dental clinic for adults and children, was opened in 2015 and has also been praised for its interior as well as its environmentally sustainable design.
The building was designed by young Brisbane-based architect Casey Brown of Cox Rayner Architects and was commissioned to unite the medical sector of the university’s campus with the hospital in an approachable, inviting manner. It was praised by the award’s jury for being humanised, despite its scale, which is something many commercial buildings fail to achieve.
Other design winners on the night included the renovation of a 1920s condensed milk factory, a suburban library on the Gold Coast and the striking new ferry terminals that were rebuilt in the wake of the Brisbane floods.
Throughout the night, innovation and education buildings continued to dominate the awards, with awards being distributed to the Griffith University Student Guild Uni Bar, the TAS Science Facility and the Centre for Children’s Health Research.
In the residential categories, Rosalie House took out the top gong (the Queensland’s Best New House Award), with the jury saying that “the home quietly reveals itself in layers through as skilfully executed plan” and that there was an apparent connection to the landscape throughout the design.
48 projects across the state were awarded 58 accolades and all winners are now in connection for the National Architecture Awards, which will be hosted in November.