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A sneak peek in Canberra's intriguing homes

Gallery House, by Philip Leeson Architects.

Gallery House, by Philip Leeson Architects. Photo: Ben Wrigley

The Australian Institute of Architects annual ACT awards is offering the chance for a sneak peek into some of Canberra’s most intriguing homes.

The institute has revealed a short list for one of the capital’s most prestigious architecture awards. A selection can be seen in the accompanying photogallery.

A jury will judge entries across eight categories including commercial, heritage and residential architecture. They will also award an additional six prizes in addition to each category, including the Art in Architecture Award and the Award for Enduring Architecture.

Roberts House. Entry practice name: Dennis Formiatti Architect. Click for more photos

ACT Architecture Awards 2013

Residential Architecture (Houses) entries in the ACT Architecture Awards. Photo: Ben Wrigley

As well as the range of private homes, other entries in the annual awards included the Realm Precinct and the Village Centre at the National Arboretum.

Manuka Oval’s controversial lighting scheme is also in the running an award.

Designed by Cox Architecture, the 47 metre high towers were among the 43 entries submitted for the 2013 ACT Architecture Awards.

Manuka Oval Sports Lighting. Cox Architecture.

Manuka Oval Sports Lighting. Cox Architecture. Photo: Ben Wrigley

Project director Ian Smith said the six “sculptural” towers were something new for the nation in terms of lighting.

“They’re not just generic responses,” he said.

“With light towers previously, no one has ever thought of it as an opportunity to do something interesting.”

The award submission outlined the debate and “buzz” generated by the lighting installation, which Mr Smith described as positive. Despite some initial backlash, he said people would come to accept the light towers, “even if grudgingly”.

The awards will be presented at the National Arboretum on June 22.

Who do you think should win the residential category? Leave a comment.


  • Personally I think it's time architects tried to do something more aesthetic and imaginative about the outside of these kinds of homes. Seriously, they just look like blocks of lego plonked on top of one another.

    Date and time
    March 29, 2013, 9:56AM
    • Boring ZZZZZ
      Give AV Jennings an award because everything looks like it. Crap or copied

      Date and time
      March 29, 2013, 10:32AM
      • I love the new light towers at Manuka.

        Susan P
        Date and time
        March 30, 2013, 5:48PM
        • Architects awarding themselves over what they decide is great is like prisoners being picked for the jury.

          Date and time
          March 31, 2013, 10:13PM
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