City sweeps the pool, parks and laneways in awards

City sweeps the pool, parks and laneways in awards

The City of Sydney’s design credentials have been recognised, with three of its projects taking out first prize in the 2013 Sydney Design Awards last night.

Prince Alfred Park and Pool, the transformation of five inner-city laneways, and the makeover of Walla Mulla and Bourke Street parks all won the category prizes at the fourth annual awards, which recognise all forms of good design in various disciplines.

The Design Champion Award was also presented to the City for having the most significant body of design work.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City was committed to strong and sustainable designs that have a lasting and positive impact on residents, workers, visitors and tourists.

“Good design in both buildings and public spaces encourages imagination, innovation, inspiration and pride,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Over the past nine years, the City has actively encouraged quality development and pursued design excellence in urban design, not only for our own projects, public spaces and parks, but for all development within the city.

“City staff work closely with leading architects, designers and builders to create beautiful, functional and sustainable public spaces and buildings.

“Since 2004, we’ve won more than 40 national and international design awards for our public projects and it’s wonderful these projects will be added to that list.”

Awards director Mark Bergin said architects, and those who commissioned them, worked together for the best possible design solutions.

“The Design Champion Award recognises the courage to commission a body of work,” Mr Bergin said.

“This year the City of Sydney has led the pack with an outstanding set of entries. The designers have been bold, as have those that have commissioned them, each wanting the best possible design outcome and it is pleasing what they have achieved.”

The Prince Alfred Park and Pool at Surry Hills, designed by Neeson Murcutt Architects with Sue Barnsley Design, won the Architecture Mixed Use Constructed category.

Prince Alfred Park Pool
Prince Alfred Park Pool

ASPECT Studios won the Urban Design category for its transformation of five inner-city laneways, under the City’s laneway revitalisation program. Angel Place and Ash Street in Central Sydney, and Little Hay Street, Factory Street and Kimber Lane in Chinatown, were made over with new paving, lighting, street furniture and stunning public artworks by Michael Hill and Jason Wing.

Ash Street, Central Sydney
Ash Street, Central Sydney
Angel Place and Michael Thomas Hill's Forgotten Songs
Angel Place and Michael Thomas Hill’s Forgotten Songs
Kimber Lane and Jason Wing's In Between Two Worlds
Kimber Lane and Jason Wing’s In Between Two Worlds
Factory Street, Chinatown
Factory Street, Chinatown
Little Hay Street, Chinatown
Little Hay Street, Chinatown

Chris Elliott Architects with Terragram won the Landscape Design Commercial prize for their sustainable and socially-minded makeover of Walla Mulla and Bourke Street parks in Woolloomooloo.

Walla Mulla Park, Woolloomooloo
Walla Mulla Park, Woolloomooloo
Bourke Street Park
Bourke Street Park

The City’s makeover of Pitt Street Mall, by Tony Caro Architecture and Spackman Mossop Michaels, was also shortlisted in the Urban Design category.

Pitt Street Mall
Pitt Street Mall

Sixty-five design projects were selected as finalists in the 2013 Sydney Design Awards, which attracted more than 200 entries across 37 categories including advertising, graphic design, marketing, product design and interior design.

Category winners are determined by a combination of the judging panel, industry and marketplace ratings, and awards are presented to the entry with the highest average score.

The Sydney Design Awards were established in 2010 by design100, a social enterprise with 20 per cent of program profits returned to the industry through a series of grants that assist in the promotion of design.

 

For more information, visit sydneydesignawards.com.au

For media inquiries or images, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Jodie Minus, phone 0467 803 815 or email jminus@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Joathon Larkin on 0477 310 149 or email jlarkin@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

 

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