Hot and Bothered

Save Modern Queensland

Hot and Bothered – Save Modern Queensland invited you to submit a 3-minute film on a mid-century modern building in Queensland that you love.

Winners announced!

First Prize winner:
50 YEARS IN PARADISE by Alex Chomicz

Paradise Towers, 1965, E. G. Nemes

People's Choice Award winner:
Boy Meets Girl by Marcus Leask

Queensland Art Gallery, 1975, Robin Gibson


Putting the terms ‘modern architecture’ and ‘heritage’ together suggests for many an oxymoron. This is particularly true in Queensland. Even though there is no reason why a twentieth century building should be considered less ‘historically significant’ than its eighteenth or nineteenth century counterpart, our mid-century modern is increasingly lost to new development, torn down with little public comment or debate. And yet, love it or hate it, the fact remains that Queensland’s modern architecture leaves no one unmoved. We invite you to get Hot and Bothered about the architecture of modern Queensland. Tell us about a building you love.  Help us to identify the hidden gems of Queensland modernism. What buildings are currently under threat? Which ones we should save? Lets start the debate.

Competition Entries

Hartley Teakle Building, 1969, James Birrel

Former State Library, 1958-1959, WG Thain, P Prystupa, U Stukoff, AJ Wheeler, D Davies and H de Jong

Holy Family Church, 1963, W.L Douglas & B. Barnes

Myer Coorparoo Shopping Centre, 1960, Hall, Phillips And Wilson

St. Andrew's Church, 1976, Barry Walduck

Centenary Swimming Pools, 1959, James Birrell

State Library Extension, 1959, Public Works Dept [Featuring Glass Mosaic by Lindsay Edwards & Sculpture by Leonard Shillam]

Centenary Swimming Pools, 1959, James Birrell

Holy Family Church - Indooroopilly Catholic Community, 1963, W. L. Douglas & B. Barnes

Stanley Tce, Taringa, Loucas Zahos

Carina Library, 1966, Brisbane City Council Department of Public Works

La Boite Theatre, 1972, Blair Wilson - Wilson architects 

Inala Skate Rink, 1960, Bligh Jessup Bretnall & Partners


This film competition, which was developed by the UQ School of Architecture, the State Library of Queensland and Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection was made possible with the generous support of the Australian Research Council and project partners: Conrad Gargett Riddel – Ancher Mortlock Woolley, BVNDonovan Hill and Wilson Architects

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