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2018 Awards Media Release

Jacob Webb (29/9/2018)

24 August 2018

The Think Brick Awards 2018 showcases unprecedented quality in design and craftsmanship

The Think Brick Award winners were announced last night at The Crown Palladium Melbourne, showcasing unprecedented quality in innovation and creative use of clay bricks, concrete masonry and roof tiles in Australian contemporary architecture.

As Australia’s richest design awards, The Think Brick Awards handed out a record $70,000 in prize money to a collection of ‘one of a kind’ designs.

CEO of Think Brick Australia, Elizabeth McIntyre said, “With a new category this year, as well as a joint winner for the Horbury Hunt Award, we handed out $20,000 more prize money than last year to these designs that are incredible examples and initiatives of outstanding Australian design.”

“The calibre at the awards last night highlights that the best designers and architects in Australia are choosing brick, concrete, and tiles in their designs to put them ahead of the curve.”

The announcement of the new entrant category saw a 60 per cent increase in entrants this year, and the finalists and winners are some of the best designs seen by Think Brick.

“From the Think Brick Awards, it is evident that Australia leads the way in design. There are some world-class winners from the awards, showing the exemplary conception of design, choice in material, craftsmanship, and execution,” said Mrs McIntyre.

Major trends in design and architecture were uncovered on the night.

“A major trend emerging from the winners and finalists is a move to interpret and incorporate the beautiful Australian landscape in their designs. Also, a move to create warmth in the design through the use of materials is another standout trend,” said Mrs McIntyre.

The 2018 Think Brick Award category winners were:

Australian Embassy Bangkok by BVN - Joint Winner of the Horbury Hunt Commercial Award

"The architects are able to use brick and exploit its ability to absorb light. The texture changes its perception as you move closer to it."
- 2018 Jury - 

More info and photos can be found here.

Learning & Teaching Building - Monash University, Clayton Campus by John Wardle Architects - Joint Winner of the Horbury Hunt Commercial Award

"Brick is used in a fabric-like way to produce an object that sits in this space in a sumptuous form. Its geology meets the woolly jumper."
- 2018 Jury -

More info and photos can be found here.

Apartment House by Kerstin Thompson Architects - Winner of the Horbury Hunt Residential Award

"The way they've infilled the perp end of the glass is bespoke and elegant. It's a really brave and confident resolution of the design outcome."
- 2018 Jury - 

More info and photos can be found here.

Melbourne Zoo - Predator Precinct Pledge Wall by Ola Studio - Winner of the Bruce Mackenzie Landscape Award

"This project mediates between the built form and the landscape through its sculptural elements. It really is a beautiful union between masonry and a garden wall typology."
- 2018 Jury -

More info and photos can be found here.

Highbury Grove by RITZ&GHOUGASSIAN - Winner of the Kevin Borland Masonry

"We see masonry enclose a garden, but also used as a threshold between the interior and exterior. This project completely challenges the cliché that concrete blacks are banal, cold or utilitarian."
- 2018 Jury - 

More info and photos can be found here.

The Beehive by Raffaello Rosselli with Luigi Rosselli Architects - Winner of the Robin Dods Roof Tile Excellence Award

"An essay in tactility and authenticity where the architects had a real understanding of the product. They've taken the roof tile, understood what to do with it and used it in a new and Australian response."
- 2018 Jury - 

More info and photos can be found here.

Kardinya Close Tasmania by HONED ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN - Winner of the New Entrant Award

"A simple and elegant design response to a stunning landscape. As a project it celebrates the mass of blocks it uses to create a series of parallel walls."
- 2018 Jury -

More info and photos can be found here.

The winners were selected by a jury of six industry experts including:

  • Sam Klopper, Klopper & Davis
  • David Brand, OOF! architecture
  • Miriam Green, Tribe Studio
  • Stuart Vokes, Vokes and Peters
  • Fooi-Ling Khoo, OOF! Architecture
  • Elizabeth McIntyre, Group CEO – TBA, CMAA, ARTA

Now in its 12th year, The Think Brick Awards gala dinner is a highlight in the architectural events calendar.

High resolution images and awards showcase booklet available for download here:

http://www.thinkbrick.com.au/awards-booklets 
http://www.thinkbrick.com.au/awards-showcases

For more information, high res images and interviews, contact:

Jacob Webb
CP Communications
jacob@cpcommunications.com.au
02 8969 6088

About Think Brick Australia

Think Brick Australia represents Australia’s clay brick and paver manufacturers. The Australian brick industry is worth $2.8 billion and employs 30,000 people. Each year the Think Brick Awards encourages architects, designers and builders to rethink brick, concrete masonry and roof tiles as contemporary and sustainable design materials. www.thinkbrick.com.au

Category Finalists

Horbury Hunt Commercial Award High Commendations

  1. Cornerstone Stores by Richards & Spence
  2. Day Street Apartments by Tzannes
  3. Maitland Riverlink by CHROFI

For more information and photos go here.

Horbury Hunt Residential Award High Commendations

  1. Italianate House by Renato D’Ettorre Architects
  2. Mount Lawley by Weststyle Design & Development
  3. Three Chimney House by KP Architects
  4. Tiger Prawn by WOWOWA

For more information and photos go here.

Bruce Mackenzie Landscape Award High Commendations

  1. Eden Lane by Rothelowman
  2. Explorers Early Learning Centre by Perkins Architects
  3. Garden Room House by Clare Cousins Architects
  4. Newcombe Street Upgrade by McGregor Coxall

For more information and photos go here.

Kevin Borland Masonry Award High Commendations

  1. Collins Street Melbourne T & G by Bates Smart
  2. Kardinya Close Tasmania by HONED ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN
  3. The Ash by Dalecki Design
  4. Wonwondah House by Cooper Scaife Architects

For more information and photos go here.

Robin Dods Roof Tile Excellence Award High Commendations

  1. Bathurst by Marple Constructions
  2. Heritage In Kew by C&L Coghlan Roofing
  3. Lewisham Road House by Clare Cousins Architects
  4. Parish of Saints Raphael, Nicholas and Irene Church by Loucas Zahos Architects

For more information and photos go here.

New Entrant Award High Commendations

  1. Italianate House by Renato D’Ettorre Architects
  2. Maitland Riverlink by CHROFI
  3. Mount Lawley by Weststyle Design & Development
  4. Oatlands House by Design Corp

For more information and photos go here.