A futuristic vision of light rail through Canberra, linking together parks and green spaces with cultural hubs, has taken out a top honour at the Australian Institute of Architects' Light Rail Station Ideas competition.
The accolade, which went to Ann Cleary from University of Canberra and Cassandra Cutler of the Total Project Group, was awarded via video link at the ACT Architecture Awards.
The pair were in Italy attending the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale as part of their prize when their award was announced.
It was a glittering night for Canberra architecture, held at the REX Hotel, with the National Arboretum recognised for its design and concept.
Tonkin Zulaikha Greer (TZG) and Taylor Cullity Lethlean were awarded the 2014 Sir John Overall Award for Urban Design and the chapter's highest accolade, the Canberra Medallion for the National Arboretum.
The prize jury said the site turned disaster into a vision of beauty.
"The National Arboretum has transformed a devastated site into a major education, research and recreation venue for the national capital. The collaborative architecture and landscape teams have established a significant green heart for Canberra,'' the jury said in a statement.
"An important local initiative with national and international benefits already evident, it is a most worthy recipient of the 2014 Canberra Medallion.''
Another top gong, the Award for Enduring Architecture, was given to Enrico Taglietti for his work on the Apostolic Nunciature 1976–1977.
It was built to accommodate diplomatic representatives of the Holy See and received accolades shortly after its completion.
''The 2014 Award for Enduring Architecture acknowledges the way the building has served its purpose well and has been cared for in a loving manner,'' the jurors said.
''The architect deserves credit for the strength and appropriateness of his high quality original design.''
Full list of winning projects by category (alphabetical):
Art in Architecture Prize
BCA Certifiers Mervyn Willoughby-Thomas Renovation Award
COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
INLITE Light in Architecture Prize
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