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Three Architectus projects shortlisted for Designers Australia Awards

Today, the Design Institute of Australia (DIA), Australia’s peak national body spearheading the design industry, released the shortlist for its sought-after Designers Australia Awards 2023. An exceptional list of 86 entries was revealed across the three cross-disciplinary categories: Place, Use, and Interact.

We are thrilled to have three Architectus projects –  The Langston, Markham Avenue and NATURA Macquarie Park – shortlisted in this year’s Place category, representing the spaces we live, work and play.

The Langston

A landmark residential development in Epping, 18 kilometres northwest of Sydney’s central business district, The Langston combines high-density living with vibrant public spaces.

Analysis of wind patterns and views inspired the curvaceous lines of the buildings and generated the pebble-shaped floorplans of the three towers – named Langston Tower, Central and Oasis respectively. Unrivalled lifestyle features include a Sky Lounge and Dining space on Level 22 of the Central tower, as well as podium-level gardens, a Wellness Hub, coworking space and 20-metre pool.

Markham Avenue

Markham Avenue is one of the first projects delivered under Homes Victoria’s Big Housing Build – a major investment in social housing.

A welcoming environment incorporating 5 buildings, the precinct’s 178 social and affordable homes are ‘tenure blind’ – designed and arranged to be indistinguishable from each other. It’s high-quality housing that is universally accessible, equitable, and socially sustainable.

Outward-facing and connected to the wider community, the development also looks inward to nurture residents. Along with communal outdoor spaces like courtyards among mature trees, buildings feature brick and other durable materials to complement the landscape and stand the test of time

NATURA Macquarie Park

Designed to touch the ground lightly, NATURA Macquarie Park embraces its natural setting to create a place that feels more like a ‘residential resort’ than typical apartments, lifting the standard for premium developments in the process.

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.

Organised by the DIA, designers for designers, these awards are the ultimate industry benchmark in Australia, identifying the best designers and studios, emphasising the designer/s and their processes as much as the outcome.

Winners will be announced at simultaneous hybrid events culminating in five celebrations across the country, including Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney on Thursday 31 August 2023.

View the full DIA Awards shortlist here.

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