Feature Image: Sam Noonan. Architect: Swanbury Penglase.
The much loved Her Majesty’s has won big at this year’s South Australian Architecture Awards for its impressive redevelopment, completed by COX Architecture.
The Awards night, run by the Australian Institute of Architects awarded the rejuvenated venue the Jack McConnell Award for Public Architecture, the David Saunders Award for Heritage Architecture and the City of Adelaide Prize.
Constructed in 1913, Her Majesty’s Theatre is Adelaide’s oldest continually operating performance venue. COX Architecture showcased the theatre’s contemporary expectations while celebrating its historic integrity and character. With the original facade intact, the new theatre was rejuvenated into a contemporary venue that embodies and celebrates the original Edwardian features, Art Nouveau curves and rich history that has graced the stage for over 100 years.
In the Interiors category, the stunning EOS by SkyCity was lauded for its timeless elegance with the Robert Dickson Award for Interior Architecture. The collaboration between Walter Brooke & Associates and Hecker Guthrie impressed the jurors with its minimal material palate, high level of detail and thoughtful consideration, which was noted as providing a sense of calm and tranquility throughout the hotel, a sharp contrast with the hyper stimulation of the buzzing casino below.
Applauding the incredible buildings and structures being celebrated at the decorated awards night, Awards Director Catherine Startari was delighted with the incredible infrastructure on display in South Australia.
“It is evident from the projects submitted that great architecture comes from an innovative use of space and materials, carefully considered detailing and sustainability principles” she says.
“It is not always easy to balance these criteria with the clients brief but it was interesting to learn how architects navigated the prices to deliver from extraordinary design outcomes.”