From a research and technology hub to a heritage home, a range of architectural projects in Orange are in the running for the Australian Institute of Architects' 2019 NSW Country Division Awards.
Source Architects are up for several awards for three projects; March House, the GATE facility at Orange Agricultural Institute and The Commercial Hotel in Crookwell.
The March House is a rework and extension to a 1910s Federation style house on March Street.
Every project is uniqueSally Sutherland
The GATE is a new facility incorporating meeting spaces, a reception and workspaces at the Department of Primary Industries building on Forest Road.
The Commercial Hotel Crookwell is a new licensed hotel and restaurant, within a building which had been vacant for 10 years.
Source Architects owners, wife and husband Sally and David Sutherland, lead a team of four designers on the projects from their Byng Street office.
Mrs Sutherland said they approached each design very differently.
"A lot of architects work with a material pallet but we don't tend to have that," she said.
"Every project is unique."
Mrs Sutherland said their goal with the March Street house was to connect with the garden.
The DPI brief included keeping a lot of the existing building parts which were historically significant.
In Crookwell they stripped back what had become a fairly rundown building and create a large outdoor terrace and beer garden.
She said with all three designs the aim was to "bring northern light" in.
At the GATE this meant reestablishing the entry point with a big central skylight.
The March Street property's new additions
allowed northern light to penetrate the new, private living spaces.
"The living space of the house had no natural light. We disconnected it from the main house to get the northern light in," she said.
At the hotel the aim was to get light into the courtyard.
"By taking it back to the original footprint at the rear of the property, the outdoor space was then on the northern side," Mrs Sutherland said.
These projects are among 34 competing in 10 award categories; including new residential housing, interiors and public architecture.
A panel of four judges will decide the winners, with the public voting online for the winner of an 11th category, the Peoples Choice Award, before October 10.
The winners will be announced at an awards presentation night in Byron Bay on October 10.
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