JDA Co. received a Gold accolade in Architectural Design at the 2022 Australian Good Design Awards for its meticulous refurbishment of Queensland’s oldest-standing theatre, The Princess.
Built in 1888, the heritage-listed Woolloongabba building was underutilised for 30 years before an extensive restoration by JDA Co. allowed the curtain to be drawn once more at the live music venue late last year.
The complex two-storey heritage renovation involved a redesigned interior fit-out, four new bars, a reimagined mezzanine, new gallery and additional amenities, including a new green room and rehearsal space.
The Good Design Awards Architectural Design category recognises excellence across all areas of architecture with an emphasis on good design principles that deliver a positive impact and contribute to better economic, social and environmental outcomes.
“The architects did an exceptional job, within a very tight timeframe, to overcome the challenges of a complex refurbishment that demanded Brisbane’s beloved Princess Theatre not only be preserved but revived,” the Jury said in its comments.
“The architects deserve the highest praise for their beautiful and thoughtful architectural design.”