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Nods for
Architectus projects
in 2023 NSW
Architecture Awards

The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Modern building, Cranbrook School Bellevue Hill, NATURA Macquarie Park and Brookfield Place Sydney have been shortlisted for the New South Wales Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects (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.

The most significant cultural addition to an Australian city in over 50 years, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Modern building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architecture practice SANAA, with Architectus as Executive Architect, has been shortlisted for the Public Architecture category.

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 new building brings together architecture, art and landscape in a spectacular new way with dynamic galleries and site-specific commissions by leading artists as well as extensive outdoor civic spaces for everyone to enjoy,” said Sally Webster, Head of Sydney Modern Project at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

“A global design team led by SANAA with Architectus as executive architect has delivered the city’s most significant cultural development in half a century.”

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Modern building

Photographer: Iwan Baan

Shortlisted for both Educational Architecture and Interior Architecture, Cranbrook School Bellevue Hill’s new Vicars Centenary Building and Murray Rose Aquatic and Fitness Centre were part of a major campus renewal at the independent boys’ school.

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.

Cranbrook School Bellevue Hill

Photographer: Brett Boardman

Designed to touch the ground lightly, NATURA Macquarie Park is on the shortlist for the Residential Architecture – Multi Housing category.

The two, 20-storey buildings over a shared podium are situated in a significant ecological corridor of mature trees, nearby waterways and parkland. Architectus responded to this setting by ‘lifting up’ the buildings, forming generous breezeways and open spaces that also bring more sunlight into the shared, ground-level spaces for residents to relax and unwind.

The mixed-use development – made up of 330+ 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments – responds not just to its natural environment but also to the evolving Macquarie Park precinct, with nearby Macquarie University and its train station as well as Macquarie Shopping Centre.

Sybil Chen, from Romeciti Capital Investment Group, said: “NATURA’s design incorporates features which promote social interaction and community living at its best, with many multi-functional communal areas such as our library, outdoor lounge areas and children’s activity room. This helps create a sense of community and connection among the building’s residents and can make the living experience more enjoyable and fulfilling.”

NATURA Macquarie Park

Photographer: Brett Boardman

Brookfield Place Sydney has been shortlisted in the Urban Design category for this year’s program. Make Architects and Architectus collaborated to deliver the Brookfield Place precinct in Sydney’s central business district. The precinct features a PCA Premium Grade, 6 Star Green Star, and 5.5 Star NABERS Energy rated office tower.

One of Brookfield Place’s greatest triumphs is the respectful way old and new components are integrated alongside each other. The restored heritage buildings of Shell House and 285 George Street, premium retail spaces, and a world-class Transit Hall for Wynyard Station are sweeping changes that improve the public domain. The fully integrated transit-oriented development has a world-class identity and has positioned Carrington Street as one of Sydney’s premium addresses.

Brookfield Place Sydney

Photographer: Brett Boardman

Best Tall Office Building 2022_Broofield Place Sydney

Awards will be presented on 23 June.

Congratulations to all projects shortlisted for the awards.

Learn more about the program.