In 2019 we received not only a record-breaking number of entries, but saw some of the most exciting and progressive work that exists within our vast region. We have been energised by the raw talent of our regional design community, and humbled by the Jury’s commitment and devotion to meticulously reviewing this year’s submissions. This […]
June 21st, 2019
In 2019 we received not only a record-breaking number of entries, but saw some of the most exciting and progressive work that exists within our vast region. We have been energised by the raw talent of our regional design community, and humbled by the Jury’s commitment and devotion to meticulously reviewing this year’s submissions.
Maitland Riverlink is a public project that crystallises new value for the regional centre of Maitland in New South Wales,. The project supports a revitalisation of the central business precinct, extending it beyond the main street to the river. The space acts as a kind of ‘public living room’ for the community, reactivating an unused part of town and drawing locals back to the river that is a fundamental part of Maitland’s heritage, while bringing tourists and visitors to the town.
“On the global ‘must stay’ list of every architect”
Short Lane is an undertaking in providing humans with a connection to nature in a dense, inner-urban setting that lacks greenery. The mixed-use development by Woods Bagot retains the diversity of its local neighbourhood and creates places for more of it to happen – with new botanical spaces, walkable laneways and venues for local participation.
“Deeply considered city living”
PROJECT #13 is a renovation to a 30-year-old flat nested in a low-rise Singaporean housing block and served by a common corridor. The project seeks to re-examine the ‘interface’ between the flat and the corridor; create a sense of space within a small flat; address the requirements of an office and a home; and achieve a ‘framework’ to enable the future-proofing of the flat.
“Laid-back living that touches the earth lightly”
What if a space could have a mood and change itself based on what it felt like at the time? As for humans, this could mean many things, but all within a framework of recycling, reuse, adaptability, nurturing, excitement and transformation. This is Space & Time. One space, multiple functions, multiple businesses, multiple experiences governed by only one factor: time of day.
“Workspace as salon – warm and comforting with a classical embrace”
S Space is a community space located in Dong Van town (Ha Nam province) not far from a large and polluted industrial park in an emerging urban area with a high construction density. The design makes use of waste (steel scaffolding pipes, rock debris and discarded rocks from trade villages and construction sites) to express the nostalgia and regret of local people at the bygones of the landscape.
“Modernist tea rooms with a hint of Memphis in the aftertaste”
Usfin is a genderless hair salon that provides a platform for artists and designers to collaborate within. Set within the old Taubmans paint factory in St Peters, Sydney, the salon has been designed as a removable set of pods that can make way for art exhibitions, performances, fashion shoots and shows. It is also a space where these functions can co-exist.
“A comforting gallery for organic interactions”
Green Square Library and Plaza is an open, flexible and inclusive public space – a fusion of building and landscape; interior and exterior. The library and plaza were envisioned as an ‘urban living room’ for a growing community, a direct response to a context where public open space is the most valuable commodity.
“An authentic flow of spaces that encourages movement and social contact”
This project comprises two primary health clinics in the Martu Aboriginal communities for Punmu and Parnngurr. The communities are respectively 1,800km and 1,300km from Perth. This project places community at the centre of health delivery while providing modern facilities and additional clinical space focused on the acute health issues of the community. The aim is increasing presentation rates to improve preventative health.
“A complex and purposeful building masquerading as a place of fun and enjoyment”
“Redefining practice by bridging the gap between idea and construction”
As architecture is a discipline that combines ideas of habitation with material organisation, the architect is therefore necessarily a producer of both intellectual and material goods. The original definition of the architect as master builder makes clear the role of making as fundamental knowledge of architecture. Produce was born out of the need to bridge the disjunction between designer and fabricator/contractor.
“Rethinking the experience of architecture and how it shapes us”
“An unprecedented intervention that saved Hong Kong’s street markets”
Hawker Reload was a four-year research and implementation project, which saved 4,036 hawker stalls and 63 street markets in Hong Kong from eradication. Groundwork Architects and Associates team introduced public engagement as part of the design-brief formulation. Design guidelines were developed so hawkers could choose what they want to ease their operational stresses.
“Materialising sustainability for tomorrow’s decision makers”
“Breeze blocks become space invaders to transform your inner sanctum”
OMNI reinvents the traditional breeze block to offer an entirely new approach to building and interior design. By transforming the breeze block form to provide a faceted modular block, OMNI allows for a multitude of new and innovative applications to be built and designed, allowing for an array of angular forms to be created including but not limited to L-shaped walls, undulating surfaces, columns and even coffee, dining and bar tables.
“An ingenious retreat from overwhelming public spaces”
Studio Esteta harnesses architecture and interior design in equal measure, to create buildings and spaces that celebrate aesthetic appeal through honest and sophisticated methods. The Melbourne-based studio eschews trends in favour of a more considered, directional and wholly tailored approach, leading to contemporary designs of a refined and timeless nature.
Budiman Hendropurnomo graduated from the University of Melbourne, joined Denton Corker Marshall (DCM) in 1981, and established DCM’s Jakarta office in 1987. Today, his name is synonymous with large-scale projects that have shaped the face of Indonesia’s urban landscape. And at the heart of the experimentation is the search for sustainability and the desire to translate and elevate Indonesian culture.
“Amenity, quality and gentle refinement”
A mixed-use residential tower in Sydney by Koichi Takada Architects, Arc spans the width of a city block in the CBD’s historic precinct. It combines a handcrafted brick podium and an organic roof feature designed to add character to the skyline. Included in the design is a retail precinct below an eight-storey-high publicly accessible through-site link.
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