Reflecting the boom-bust nature of the NT economy, there were few privately funded entries this year. But the public work was ground-breaking.

Reflecting the boom-bust nature of the NT economy, there were few privately funded entries this year. But the public work was ground-breaking.

Recognition on Friday of the building took place on the same day federal Education Minister Dan Tehan laid out plans to more than double the cost of humanities degrees to drive students to study more directly employable skills such as nursing and teaching and was a timely reminder of the need for well-rounded education, Dr Charlesworth said.
The school building has spaces for working formally inside.  
“Education requires a critical combination of humanities and sciences to create a future generation of agile and multi disciplinary thinkers and workers, rather than just focussing education on single disciplines or narrow career paths,” she said.
The interior of the STEAM building focussed on formal learning while the exterior courtyard spaces were designed to allow more informal peer-to-peer discussions between students.
“Its a mini-campus, almost a mini city and has the power to transform the educational experience,” Dr Charlesworth said.
Multipurpose Hall at Darwin Middle School, designed by Rossi Architects, won the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture and the Peoples Choice Award. Jeff Livingston
The lead architect on the building with a “sophisticated” floor plan was Michael “Hully” Liveris – a cousin of US-based businessman and former Dow Chemical head Andrew Liveris – who, as a parent at the school had extra insight into what it needed and was involved in developing the brief for the building from the very start, she said.
The NT chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects made no awards this year for residential or commercial architecture. Prior to the pandemic there had already been a “tapering down” in projects in the regional economy prone to “a boom-bust cycle” but social distancing restrictions that meant jurors could not visit the projects in person reduced the number of entries, Dr Charlesworth said.
“People were less enthusiastic about even putting their hat in the ring this year, because of the virtual process,” she said. “There was a sense of Why put it in when people cant see the project? There were a couple of withdrawals.”
Womens Safety Services of Central Australia Shelter by Tangentyere Design won NT’s Indigenous Community Architecture Award. Hannah Millerick
The same restrictions have made the judging in every state and territory-level architecture awards virtual this year. ACT and Tasmania have already made their announcements. WA is next week, SA and NSW the week after and Queensland and Victoria make their awards the following week.
Education architecture also stood out in NT with the Multipurpose Hall for Darwin Middle School – in the same Bullocky Point Education Precinct as Darwin High’s STEAM building – designed by Rossi Architects winning the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture as well as a people’s choice award.
Outward-facing screens on the women’s shelter act as a beacon.  Hannah Millerick
The Indigenous Community Architecture Award went to Alice Springs-based Tangentyere Design for its Womens Safety Services of Central Australia Shelter.
“That project was more than just what might think of crisis accommodation in terms of a dismal space,” Dr Charlesworth said.
“Its all about safety and security inside [with] a central courtyard like the village green, a therapeutic garden and play space. The exterior wall was interesting its almost a beacon, saying This is here.”

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