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Tonsley takes top honours at Urban Design Awards

Tonsley Innovation District
Tonsley Innovation District

Adelaide’s Tonsley Innovation District has taken out the “delivered outcome – large scale” gong at this year’s Urban Design Awards.

Australia’s first innovation district, Tonsley converted the Mitsubishi Motors main assembly building into a multipurpose facility that is set to be a major employment and education centre in the city.

“The retention of the existing building’s raw industrial heritage combined with a range of contemporary design features, and focus on achieving high levels of sustainability illustrates a strong desire to unite past, present and future,” the jury said.

This large-scale brownfield development by Oxigen, Woods Bagot, KBR, WSP, Tridente Architects and RenewalSA represents a major investment in economic regeneration and community engagement, the jury said.

Orange Regional Museum

Another winner in the “delivered outcomes – small scale” category, Orange Regional Museum by Crone, stood out from its competitors for its holistic urban design, blurring the distinction between architecture and landscape, according to the jury.

A defining feature of the design is an amphitheatre with integrated seating and chairs that provides access to its sloped roof, which offers city views and public green space.

People can walk around, inside or on top of the museum, promoting flexible community use where visitors can meet and interact.

Dominating the “polices, programs and concepts – large scale” category was Better Placed, an outline of principles, objects and directions for creating well-designed built environments by Government Architect NSW.

“This is the first time that NSW has had an overarching policy or statement that sets out what the NSW government seeks when it refers to ‘good design’ across a full range of built environment projects in all typologies and scales,” the jury said.

This project outlined seven key considerations for effective design: context, sustainability, inclusiveness, safety and liveability, functionality, “value adding” and attractiveness.

Sydney harbour

Better Placed

The document is being used by government and the private sector to focus on design early in the development process.

Another nine projects were commended from a total pool of 71 entries.

Delivered outcome – large scale

  • Elizabeth Quay (WA)
  • Junction Place (VIC)
  • Maitland Levee (NSW)

Delivered outcome – small scale

  • Sixth Street Revitalisation Project (SA)
  • Tanderrum Bridge (VIC)

Policies, programs and concepts – large scale

  • Smart Seeds
  • Transport for NSW Urban Design Guidelines (NSW)

Policies, Programs and concepts – small scale

  • Fremantle 2029 by COX Architecture and City of Fremantle (WA)
  • Parramatta Civic Link (NSW)

 The awards were presented at the State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, on 25 October 2017.

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