House in a Heritage Context

Owen Architecture’s Bayside Fire Station in Brisbane has won the 2016 House in a Heritage Contextaward, sponsored by the Heritage Councils of NSW and Victoria, in the annual Houses Awards.

Operating as a fire station until 2004, the 1938 building is a modest, functional civic building that plays a prominent landmark role in the street.

The jury citation noted: “Its strong symmetry, solid facade and austerity have been well understood by the architects in this brilliantly understated conversion.

“The design path taken by the architects has resulted in a finished project that not only retains this rare example of pre-war Queensland civic architecture, but also creates for a contemporary family a high-quality residence enriched by its past.”

Two Victorian projects – Fitzroy Loft by Architects EAT and Acute House by OOF! Architecture – received commendations, and there were 12 projects shortlisted in the category.

Heritage-winner-2016The 2016 Houses Awards were announced at Sydney’s Doltone House, Hyde Park, on Friday 22 July.  Heritage Council NSW chair Stephen Davies (right) presented the award to architect Paul Owen.