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Architectus wins two prestigious 2023 AIA NSW Awards

The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Modern Building, and Cranbrook School Bellevue Hill have been honoured with prestigious awards at the New South Wales Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architecture (AIA) Awards.

These awards celebrate and reward design excellence in architecture across the state, including everything from city-shaping public initiatives to critical residential projects.

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Modern building received the esteemed Sulman Medal for Public Architecture, the highest accolade in the public architecture category of these awards. We worked alongside Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architecture practice SANAA to deliver the most significant cultural addition to an Australian city in over 50 years.

SANAA won the project following a two-stage invitational design competition in 2016, and Architectus played a key role in realising their design vision using advanced BIM systems, technical nous and rigorous attention to detail. Our team also led the urban planning for Sydney Modern, securing approval of the State Significant Development Application.

The reimagined Gallery creates expansive indoor and outdoor spaces and significantly increases the Gallery’s capacity to share art with the many audiences it serves by day and by night. The project scope included revitalising the existing building; a new cultural plaza; doubled exhibition space; a second, larger state-of-the-art space for temporary exhibitions; and increased archive, learning, and social spaces. The project incorporates the latest building and operational technology so the Gallery can achieve the maximum possible environmental and economic sustainability.

The Cranbrook School Hordern Oval Precinct Redevelopment was named the winner of the William E Kemp Award for Educational Architecture. Designed by Architectus after our architectural design competition win in 2016/17, the new buildings embody the school’s holistic ethos, make the most of its remarkable topographical setting, and help prepare Cranbrook for the century ahead.

Addressing Hordern Oval, the Vicars Centenary Building houses future-focused teaching and learning spaces, a drama theatre, a chapel, and an assembly hall. Situated beneath the historic oval, the Murray Rose Aquatic and Fitness Centre includes a 50-metre pool, learn-to-swim pool, sports hall, and gym as well as a carpark.

Congratulations to the design teams, and all of the 2023 winners..

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