Australian-based architecture and interior design studio, Cumulus, has won the 2022 Architizer A+ Awards’ Popular Choice Award – Best in Australasia category. The studio was selected from a field of five other regional finalists for this year’s Architizer A+ Awards, which also shortlisted two Cumulus projects — Goulburn Street Housing and Stoney Rise Cellar Door — in the Architecture + Brick, Affordable Housing, and Bars & Wineries categories.
Established in 2011, Cumulus has studios in Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne and Adelaide, with teams working collaboratively to create unique residential, commercial, tourism, and social housing designs.
“Receiving this award is a huge honour for our small practice,” says Cumulus Director, Peter Walker. “The fact that it is chosen by the global Architizer community makes it a very special accolade.”
The studio has produced several notable projects over the past ten years, including the intimate Darkwood Residence, the iconic Pumphouse Point Hotel in Tasmania’s Central Highlands, the striking Protagonist at Arts Centre Melbourne, and the multi-award-winning Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre.
“Our designs are all based on close collaboration and conversations with our clients, our community, and our team,” explains Walker. “This allows everyone on a project to explore a design’s possibilities from the very start, and I think that our designs over the past decade reflect these diverse expressions.”
The studio’s considered designs are complemented by a diverse team, which continues to introduce fresh perspectives and foster important conversations on everything from refining sustainable processes, to the continued engagement of local Aboriginal voices.
Cumulus’ approach to creating environmentally and socially sustainable design is based on careful research, planning, material assessment, and the continued education of its team — knowledge and perspectives that they pass on to their clients and stakeholders.
The studio’s Goulburn Street Housing project, which recently won two Tasmanian Architecture Awards for Urban Design and Residential Architecture, also received a special mention in the Architizer A+ Awards Architecture +Affordable Design category.