The City of Sydney has won three prestigious National Architecture Awards for the stunning transformations of a Victorian Regency building and a 1920s warehouse into much-loved community spaces.
The 1920s warehouse on Bourke Street, Darlinghurst was reimagined into the East Sydney Early Learning Centre by Andrew Burges Architects in association with the City. It was recognised with the Daryl Jackson Award for educational architecture.
The Juanita Nielsen Community Centre picked up two national awards in the heritage and public architecture categories in recognition of the redesign by Neeson Murcutt Architects with the City.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore congratulated the architects, construction teams and everyone involved in these award winning community facilities.
“It’s no accident we’re seeing a boom in excellent design in the City – our staff work closely with architects, designers and developers to get the best results for our community,” the Lord Mayor said.
“We are focused on creating wonderful functional public spaces and facilities that are designed and constructed to meet and anticipate the needs of our residents and visitors.
“In a world of rapid change, community wellbeing is increasingly important. We know well-designed buildings and beautiful community facilities not only lift our spirits, but stand the test of time.”
The East Sydney Early Learning Centre at 277 Bourke Street opened last year following extensive remodelling of the 1920s warehouse space.
It is now a state-of-the-art childcare and community centre featuring indoor and outdoor playgrounds, a striking rooftop play area and interactive digital classroom technology. A new private bridge over Berwick Lane connects the centre to the upgraded John Birt Memorial Playground.
The Juanita Nielsen Community Centre is housed in a heritage listed former warehouse in Woolloomooloo. Built in 1888 in Victorian Regency style, the building was named after local activist and conservationist Juanita Nielsen when it was converted to a community centre in 1983.
“I’d like to thank the Andrew Burges Architects, Neeson Murcutt Architects and the City’s Design teams for their exceptional work, envisaging two spaces that will be enjoyed by City residents for generations to come,” the Lord Mayor said.
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