NATIONAL Architecture Awards judges overlooked million-dollar mansions in favour of a “humble” home at Opossum Bay.

Arm End House, about 40 minutes from Hobart, is the discreet two-bedroom home designed by Hobart architect Stuart Tanner for Violent Femmes bass player Brian Ritchie and his wife Varuni Kulasekera.

It was selected from hundreds of homes around Australia for a national commendation for residential architecture at the Australian Institute of Architects’ awards.

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The winners: HERE

Curiousity: TT Ed Lindsay Tuffin was the Lay Juror on the expert panel, which chose Arm End to go to the national awards … ( God is in the Details , A Book of Verse and Thou … )

Picture: Brett Boardman

Meanwhile …



Sydney, 6 November 2009

A magical indoor sports hall inspired by the endless Australian sky has won the prestigious World Architecture Festival Award for the sports category, announced today in Barcelona.

The A$1.3 million Berry Sports Hall, designed by Allen Jack+Cottier (AJ+C), beat the world renowned Wimbledon Centre Court Redevelopment and the Atlantic Health Jets Training Facility to take the sports category award.

Set on 60 hectares of rolling countryside in Berry, the site was originally an experimental dairy farm and has made way for a fun and innovative multipurpose hall for basketball, netball, rock climbing, dance and theatre.

Reminiscent of a modern farm shed, the building comprises two long sides of precast concrete panels, each pierced by 500 shards of glass in amoeba-like windows, allowing natural light to flood the halls in the day and interior lights to shine through at night, illuminating the building and making it “disappear” into the night sky.

The structure reflects this year’s festival theme “Less does more”, and shows how innovative and cost effective design can transform the architectural landscape, marrying the realities of environmental and economic necessity.

Michael Heenan, Project Architect and a Principal of AJ+C, said “This project shows how we can do more with less, using cost effective precast concrete to transform a building into an iconic structure, providing a template which can be used for future projects.”

The building also features ecologically sustainable design (ESD), including natural ventilation and recycling of rainwater collected from the roof.

The Festival was attended by over 2,000 architects and designers and attracted 800 shortlisted entrants from 63 countries around the world.

Berry Sports and Recreation Hall has also collected the Australian Institute of Architects (NSW) Public Architecture Award and the Blacket Award for Regional Architecture in 2008.