2017 Think Brick Award winners display outstanding innovation!

The Crown Palladium in Melbourne hosted this year’s Think Brick Awards, which marked the 11th year of celebrating the use of clay bricks, concrete masonry and roof tiles in Australian architecture.

Once again the calibre of entries was inspiring. This year we saw some impressive innovation in the use of brick, masonry and roof tiles that really pushed the boundaries of contemporary architecture. We saw design that was unexpectedly delightful and playful, design that displayed sophisticated reimagining of classical shapes, and also projects that redefined the concept of a simple brick building.

One of the main trends we noted in the entries was an increase in the use of brick in interiors, particularly as a way to unify indoor and outdoor spaces. Among the entries there was also a real showcasing of use of brick to create a sense of grounded-ness and permanence. We also saw more entries for multi-residential housing, reflecting the increase of apartment dwelling in our inner city areas, plus more use of concrete masonry in residential and commercial interiors.

I would like to congratulate the 2017 winners:

  • Barkers Road Townhouses by Kavellaris Urban Design – Winner of the Horbury Hunt Commercial Award
  • House Au Yeung by Tribe Studio Architects – Winner of the Horbury Hunt Residential Award
  • Crescent House by Deicke Richards – Winner of the Bruce Mackenzie Landscape Award
  • Perimeter House by MAKE Architecture – Winner of the Kevin Borland Masonry Award
  • Kempsey Crescent Head Surf Life Saving Club by Neeson Murcutt Architects – Winner of the Robin Dods Roof Tile Excellence Award

Across the five categories, 21 finalists were selected with the above five winners each receiving a cash prize of $10,000 for demonstrating original and new designs in their particular category.

Keep thinking brick, block, paving and roof tiles... and for those who missed out this year, we look forward to receiving your entries for the 2018 Think Brick Awards.

Elizabeth McIntyre
CEO, Think Brick Awards