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Three projects shortlisted for NSW Architecture Awards 2022

Brookfield Place, Macquarie University Central Courtyard Precinct and Macquarie University R1/R2 Student Accommodation have been shortlisted for awards in the 2022 Australian Institute of Architecture (AIA) Awards.

The New South Wales Architecture Awards celebrates design excellence in architecture across the state and we’re delighted to have the following projects shortlisted for four awards in this year’s program.

Shortlisted for both Heritage and Commercial Architecture categories, 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. 

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. 

Preserving historical elements, Shell House comprises concrete-encased steel columns and beams with glazed terracotta facings and details – unusual for 1930s Sydney architecture, and the city’s lone surviving Commercial Palazzo building clad in glazed terracotta. 

As important as historic buildings are to the fabric of cities, their continuing resonance requires them to find a contemporary function. One of Brookfield Place’s greatest triumphs is the respectful way old and new components are integrated alongside each other. 

Brookfield Place Heritage

Shortlisted in the Urban Design Award category, the Macquarie University Central Courtyard Precinct embodies much of the collective cultural memory from the University’s origins. Architectus and ASPECT Studios collaboratively conceived a conceptual framework that restores the ‘beating heart’ to the campus.  
Well-designed spaces and places draw the active centre of gravity back to the Central Courtyard and re-establish it as the campus’ primary precinct with solutions that expand and blur conventions of a generous outdoor space and reimagines campus life. 
The precinct works to integrate student values and improve their educational experience. The result is a thriving green heart for the Macquarie campus that will support students socially and emotionally throughout their campus journey.  

Macquarie University CCP

Another project for Macquarie University, the University’s R1/R2 Student Accommodation has been shortlisted for the Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing Category. The project steers away from an institutional feel to create an environment that connects the diverse students in their formative adult years. The two buildings are large enough to generate variation while fostering community. Residents are encouraged from their rooms into shared spaces to replace isolation with friendships. 
The spaces gradually shift from the ‘village’ to the ‘town’, then the ‘city’. Upper residential levels provide peace and privacy; lower floors encourage interaction with lounges joined by a spiral staircase, lit by a statement skylight connecting the buildings. 
Earthy colours, materials and proportions promote belonging, not transience. Unlike the outdated furniture and pokey spaces associated with student housing, the quality allows students to be house-proud. 

Awards will be presented on Friday 1 July 2022.

Congratulations to all projects shortlisted for the AIA NSW Chapter Awards.
Learn more about the program here.