B:Hive, Smales Farm, BVN

Five BVN designed projects progress to AIA National Awards

BVN has had its expertise in the design of education, research and workplace facilities recognised at the Australian Institute of Architects state awards in NSW, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria and internationally via the AIA International Chapter. BVN is incredibly proud of each of the projects now progressing to the National Architecture Awards, to be announced on 7 November 2019.  We’d like to congratulate our clients and teams on their successful collaborations and outcomes.   

The University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute

Winner of The Jack McConnell Award for Public Architecture, Award for Interior Architecture and Award for Sustainable Architecture 

The University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute, BVN and SPA

The University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute won three major awards at the SA Chapter ceremony held in Adelaide on Saturday 29 June. The building was awarded a prestigious named award, The Jack McConnell Award for Public Architecture, as well as Interior Architecture and Sustainable Architecture Awards.  

The jury noted that “Overall the building is an exemplar of collaboration which has cleverly woven structural solutions, ESD principles, and fine detailing to provide an outcome that Vice Chancellor, David Lloyd proudly observed: When you give our best minds the best facilities, you can expect they will deliver the best research outcomes.’” 

The design team has radically changed the spaces in which laboratory work is executed, resulting in a contemporary, light-filled and spirited research facility that spatially demonstrates innovation. The social impact and culture change that these innovations provoke, are testament to good design principles being integrated into the project brief. Despite the complexity and demands of working with a large number of stakeholders the entrants have achieved a highly energetic outcome which feels refined without being overly precious or institutional. 


Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School

Winner of The Milo Dunphy Award for Sustainable Architecture and Award for Educational Architecture 

Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School, BVN

Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School won the Milo Dunphy Award for Sustainable Architecture and an Award for Educational Architecture at the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Architecture Awards held in Sydney on Friday 5 July. 

The sustainability jury commended the design for “The combination of architectural strategies: the volumetric and spatial qualities possible with timber structural system, the psychological benefits of timber interiors, and the careful consideration of the form of the building to optimise its passive performance.” 

The Education jury commented “The project exhibits an exceptional achievement in creating a flexible and stimulating environment that supports the children’s learning processes by encouraging active participation including running, jumping and learning. The building layout creates an opportunity for students to experience school as a happy place to be,” adding “One senses the children attending this school are off to an exceptional educational start.”

B:HiveSmales Farm

BVN in association with Jasmax
Award for Interior Architecture 

B:Hive, Smales Farm, BVN

B:Hive received an Award for Interior Architecture at the International Chapter awards held in Dubai on Saturday 28 June.  

“This Auckland co working space impressed the jury with its intent to deliver a progressive office environment where the internal elements present a changing sense of discovery,” the jury said. “The bold playful orange staircase, which dominates the interior, makes an appealing plea to the occupants to engage with others by skipping the lift and to take the stairs, the organic expression of the exposed levels helping to foster a sense of community.  The atrium as the central core allows for social engagement in a decidedly “un” corporate manner which enables the building to function in a more campus like manner while the outer sections of the floors are reserved for dedicated office space, said the jury.   


2 Southbank

Commendation for Interior Architecture 

2 Southbank, BVN2 Southbank received an Interior Architecture Commendation at the Victorian Chapter Awards held in Melbourne on Friday 28 June.  

“2 Southbank exemplifies the transformative effect of thoughtfully considered and skilfully executed architecture. The existing lobby space is reoriented by an internal lane that draws the public realm into the private territory of the tower. A palette of robust materials – brick paving, timber planters – and furnishings to accommodate a range of interactions, underscore the civic intent,” said the jury. 

“The design blurs public and private divides, encouraging diverse and inclusive spaces. The impact extends beyond the limits of the building, into the surrounding urban domain, creating a series of new connections and opportunities.” 


Allianz Partners Workplace

Commendation for Interior Architecture 

Allianz Partners Workplace, BVN

Having received a Commendation in the Brisbane Regional Awards back in March 2019, Allianz Partners Workplace picked up a Commendation at the Queensland Architecture Awards event in Brisbane on Friday 14 June 2019.  

The workplace was recognised for its Continuity of detailing, considered finishes, access to natural light, connection to landscape and functionality of space” by the state jury.  

“The design strategy considers shared zones as pavilions and utilises draped landscape over curved awnings to inform and encourage movement through the plan,” and “dissolves traditional department silos and encourages integration throughout different departments.” 


Daisy Szakaly
Communications Coordinator