Library architects reveal winning secrets

Library architects reveal winning secrets

                      MEDIA ALERT 

WHEN: Tonight, Monday 4 March 2013, 6.30pm-8pm.

WHAT: Sydneysiders can hear from the winners and judges of an international architecture competition at the City of Sydney’s Design Excellence Forum.

WHERE: Lower Town Hall, Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street (entry via Druitt Street).WHO: Jury members architects Glenn Murcutt and John Denton, librarian Sharan Harvey and winners Felicity Stewart, 29, and Matthias Hollenstein, 28.

Last Monday, the City of Sydney chose a radical underground design by two 20-something Sydney architects from a field of 167 entrants from 29 countries, to design a new library and plaza for Green Square, an urban redevelopment area 4km south of the city centre.

At the City’s Design Excellence Forum tonight, Sydneysiders interested in design and architecture will be given a unique insight into what convinced some of the world’s best architects to unanimously choose the innovative and unusual concept.

Winners of the open anonymous international competition, Felicity Stewart and Matthias Hollenstein, from Stewart Hollenstein with Colin Stewart Architects, will reveal how they responded to the brief and pitched their design to the jury.

Members of the jury, including Pritzker Prize winner Professor Glenn Murcutt AO, Australian Institute of Architects gold medal winner John Denton and manager of the Brisbane Library Sharan Harvey, will reveal why they called the Stewart Hollenstein scheme “fantastic”, “dynamite” and “absolutely world class”.


Rail:     Town Hall Station.

Bus:     George, Druitt and York streets.

Bike:    Free bike parking on Druitt Street.

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