Australian projects dominate World Architecture Awards

Australian projects dominate World Architecture Awards

12 January 2018

Four Australian building design projects have won awards at the 2017 World Architecture Festival held last month in Berlin, Germany, reports The Urban Developer.

Two Australian projects were overall winners.

The Sydney Fish Markets, designed by Allen Jack+Cottier and NH Architecture, took out the prestigious Future Project of the Year, even though it will never be built.

Instead, the NSW government has selected an alternative design from Copenhagen-based 3XN Architects to complete the $250 million project.

The Allen Jack + Cottier Architects’ proposal, however, clearly impressed the judges, who declared the project as a “clear winner” in its category, says architecture news site Dezeen.

“The jury took the view that in this category we must award the project that opens up the greatest transformation of the future in all its forms,” said the judges.

“[The design] transforms a world bigger than itself,” they said.

“It addresses matters of real life, visceral life, food and transport. The architects executed their role in an exemplary and inspiring fashion,” they added.

The new 35,000 square metre market will be twice the size of the current property and have 15,500 square metres of seafood retail space. This compares with the current 6,582 square metres—and outdoor dining for 3,000 patrons as well as a possible rooftop bar.

The Fitzroy Crossing Renal Hostel by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects won the Best Use of Colour award.

The outback hostel provides long term accommodation for Aboriginal people from outlying communities in the remote Kimberley region who need renal dialysis.

The judges found the use of colour to be “sensitive, elegant and well balanced.”

“[The design] uses holistically integrated colour relative to the landscape and the local community. As the project’s main function is healing, the use of colour creates an emotional context that is deeply supportive and nurturing,” said the judges.

Light is filtered through the coloured screens that run along the side of the structure.

The aim of the centre is to humanely support the needs of the residents, who may be self-sufficient and independent, or may have a carer living with them.

The architecture facilitates a safe environment to wander and gather with occupants, family, friends and the community, the judges said.

Andrew Burges Architects took out the Schools category for the East Sydney Early Learning Centre and community centre, which features tiny house-shaped rooms and a sandpit on its roof.

The unusual opportunity to accommodate this childcare centre and ancillary community facilities in a multi- level inner-urban warehouse inspired the architects to reinvent the type, insightfully encouraging a fascination with cities, says the website ArchitectureAu.

The architects were asked to convert the building to create a multi-level childcare centre with a community space on the uppermost floor.

The skilful insertion of a “reimagined” city at the scale of children transforms the interior, with highly articulated and carefully scaled spaces and courtyards for multiple settings of communal and singular play adding spatial delight.

The designers also carefully funnelled filtered light deep into the building, creating a warm yet gentle materials palette and an atmosphere that engenders a sense of freedom and curiosity.

Architecture firm Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp were highly commended in the Office—Completed Buildings category for the EY Centre in Sydney at 200 George Street.

Positioned at the edge of Sydney’s Tank-Stream (the first water source of the colony of New South Wales, the building reinterprets and honours the uniqueness and history of Sydney birthplace.