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.
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.”
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.
Awards will be presented on 23 June.
Congratulations to all projects shortlisted for the awards.