QLD Architecture Awards 2017 - Entry for Small Pro

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Winner for Small Project Architecture Studio for Indigo Jungle by Marc & Co. Picture: Supplied

A SHE-SHED style studio at the bottom of the garden has beaten all comers– including what may well be the best man shed ever – to take out Queensland’s top small projects award.

The stunning Studio for Indigo Jungle in trendy Brisbane suburb Ashgrove, designed by Marc & Co as an office at the bottom of the garden for creatives, took out the Hayes & Scott Award for Small Project Architecture at the State Architecture Awards.

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 - Entry for Small Pro

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Winner for Small Project Architecture Studio for Indigo Jungle by Marc & Co. Picture: Supplied

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 - Entry for Small Pro

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Winner for Small Project Architecture Studio for Indigo Jungle by Marc & Co. Picture: Supplied

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 - Entry for Small Pro

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Winner for Small Project Architecture Studio for Indigo Jungle by Marc & Co. Picture: Supplied

The firm took to the project by imagining it “as a small pavilion in a subtropical garden” rather than office space.

“Instead of using a defined brief, the design seeks non-standard archetypal experiences, such as an angled super skinny entry door, a building with no roof, windows with views when lying on the floor, walls and structure that are not straight. The studio offers unique, memorable experiences and is rich in spirit. The experience is a retreat from urban life and a simple relationship to nature.”

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 - Entry for Small Pro

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Winner for Small Project Architecture Studio for Indigo Jungle by Marc & Co. Picture: Supplied

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 - Entry for Small Pro

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Winner for Small Project Architecture Studio for Indigo Jungle by Marc & Co. Picture: Supplied

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 - Entry for Small Pro

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Winner for Small Project Architecture Studio for Indigo Jungle by Marc & Co. Picture: Supplied

The jury clearly agreed, with its citation on the project praising the way the Studio for Indigo Jungle “cleverly expresses its structural form of tapered space enveloped by folded walls”.

“A sequence of arrival invites you along a path to reach a cutting in the landscape leading to the studio’s elevated platform floor of shimmering mosaic tiles as an allegory of water,” the jury citation said.

“Its relationship to nature and experiential qualities delivers a highly imaginative, memorable and innovative conspectus with amplified sensory connections to the ground, garden and sky.”

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 - Entry for Small Pro

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Commendation for Small Project Architecture: Manshed by Paul Uhlmann Architects. Picture: Supplied

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 - Entry for Small Pro

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Commendation for Small Project Architecture: Manshed by Paul Uhlmann Architects. Picture: Supplied

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 - Entry for Small Pro

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Commendation for Small Project Architecture: Manshed by Paul Uhlmann Architects. Picture: Supplied

It was given a good run for its money in the small project architecture category with one challenger being Brisbane riverfront property Manshed by Paul Uhlmann Architects.

“The freestanding ‘Manshed’ was designed to complement a residential compound on the banks of the Brisbane River”, and evokes “primal qualities of external gathering places the client experienced on a recent trip overseas”.

“The fireplace and rich material palette were central to this brief. The enclosing Bluestone walls retain the warmth of the fireplace, while glass either slides away or folds up to allow absolute connection with the river and landscape.

“The lower level embodies the idea of prospect and refuge. A bunker-like gym is playfully connected to the river through a pair of monolithic viewing portals concealed in the landscape.”

It received a commendation at the awards.

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 - Entry for Small Pro

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Commendation for Small Project Architecture: Manshed by Paul Uhlmann Architects. Picture: Supplied

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 - Entry for Small Pro

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Commendation for Small Project Architecture: Manshed by Paul Uhlmann Architects. Picture: Supplied

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 - Entry for Small Pro