Australian Institute International Chapter Architecture Awards, 2023

At an award ceremony in Copenhagen, Wood Marsh received two International Chapter Architecture Awards given by the Australian Institute of Architects. Our project, Paris Apartment, received the ‘Hugh O’Neil named Award for Heritage’ as well as the ‘Award for Interior Architecture’.

Thanks to for the support of our client and to the Institute for their celebration of architecture abroad.

The project is now progressing to the Australian Institute of Architecture National Awards in the category ‘International Architecture’.


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Jury citation:

“The jury was impressed by the sensitivity of the meticulous restoration as well as the understated and respectful renovation of this apartment within Jules Hardin Mansart’s 1668 Parisian residence: the Hotel de Sagonne.

In this small but challenging project, Wood Marsh created a delightful, complementary contrast and dialogue between the old and new. Their sophisticated understanding and approach to the prevailing design issues is evident in their selection of materials and colour palette appropriate for the soft Parisian light that bathes the interiors.

Plan and section opportunities were limited due to the historic significance of the existing structure. That said, as Wood Marsh suggest, they were able to achieve a ‘balance of history and modernity’ with minimal means. The attention to detail and the seamless integration of current technology is admirable and to be applauded.

As proudly described by the present owner, ‘Wood Marsh achieved a perfect synergy of past, present and future. Achieving a delicate balance between respecting heritage and a ‘modern’ aesthetic is the overarching strength of their design.”