m3architecture shortlisted for AA Prize for Unbuilt Work

m3architecture’s idea for Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) New Performing Arts Venue has been shortlisted for the AA Prize for Unbuilt Work.

The scheme relished in putting the Q into QPAC – QUEENSLAND. Our design is reminiscent of the section of a theatre, able to ‘bookend’ the existing building whilst opening up new opportunities, and stands for the whole state – people, politics, culture. The Queensland map offered the opportunity for layers of meaning and the inclusion of many in the ongoing evolution of the project.

From more than 200 entries, 40 have been shortlisted for the 2021 AA Prize for Unbuilt Work.

The prize, first awarded by Architecture Media in 1993, was reprised to acknowledge and celebrate “unknown and unsung” architectural ideas.

The prize seeks conceptually rigorous, inventive responses to contemporary architectural issues. Its purpose is to promote debate and to generate ideas about architecture by rewarding compelling work in its conceptual stages.

“From the truly inventive and speculative to the downright practical, the AA Prize for Unbuilt Work shortlist covers sites both real and imagined, from our coastlines, to our cites, suburbs and central desert,” said Abbie Galvin, NSW Government Architect and a juror for the prize.

“The propositions are tackling the issues of our age – curtailing urban sprawl through gentle urban densification, sustainable burying of our dead, simple yet profound interventions in remote communities, rethinking the great public spaces of our cities and reimagining our interactions in a socially distanced world.”


The winner will be announced on ArchitectureAU.com on 27 January 2021 and in the January/February issue of Architecture Australia magazine.

The shortlisted projects are:

A Grounded Approach – Calum York and Jed Finnane

Algae-Coffee Infra-sculpture – Deon Cham, Jie Jin and Heyu Lu, University of Melbourne

Anthepe Community Centre – Chris Tucker (University of Newcastle, Tangentyere Council, Ilyperenye Town Centre)

Architect’s SORRY tax – Landscapology

Atlas of the Collaborative City – Collaborative Place Design

Australian War Memorial Anzac Hall – FJMT Studio

Australia’s Urban Room – Bates Smart

Backyard – Alex Galego

Bays Precinct Tidal Pool – Chrofi with McGregor Coxall

Beynon and Hayward Warehouse – Hill Thalis Architecture and Urban Projects

Biota Familia – Blight Rayner Architecture

Bluefield Housing – Damian Madigan, University of South Australia

Burial Belt – Other Architects

Bushwara Settlement Incremental Housing Upgrade – Rita Liao, University of Melbourne

Cascades Female Factory – Neeson Murcutt and Neille

Civic Interruptions – Lauren Garner (personal project), Kerstin Thompson Architects

Coding the Garden Metropolis – Re-structuring Melbourne’s Suburban Environments – Asensio Mah

de(CENTRAL)ised PARK – E8 Urban

Digital.Trip – KAI

Experiential Circuit of Post-Pandemic Repair – Lachlan Seegers Architect

Isoland – Paige Kodesh, UNSW

Jade Museum – Candalepas Associates

Lingang Bird Airport – McGregor Coxall

Lost Tablets – MvS Architects

Marchwiel Estate – John Wardle Architects

A Treasure Trove of Space – Rethinking Melbourne’s Car Parks – Bates Smart

Naumachia – Heavy Metals Laboratory – Pendal and Neille

New Ground – Other Architects, Openwork, Alicia Pozniak, Andy Fergus

New Performing Arts Centre – Queensland Scheme – M3 Architecture

Offset House – Other Architects

Oxley Beach Ocean Pool – Nicole Larkin Design

Power Lungs – Martin Gaardboe and Alina Minassian, Morph Studio

Queen Victoria Market Garden – Breathe Architecture and Openwork

Renaissance – Atherton Garden RE – Commission – Elvin Tan Design

Silhouettes: Municipal Baths Excavation, Newcastle NSW (2020) – Michael Chapman, University of Newcastle

Sydney’s Pedestrian Boulevard – Bates Smart

Tenancy does not equal title – Alexander Sheridan Architecture

The Equilibria Proposal – Equilibria

The Iron Blow – Anthony St John Parsons

Yarra Pools – Wowowa Architecture


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