Aussie Architecture Awards 2009
The ivy project contributes to the public domain, primarily through the realignment and revitalization of two alleys, now lively pedestrian routes with shops, bars, and cafes, linking to the existing City Recital Hall. The buildings feature verandahs, shade devices, and other passive environmental design features, along with rainwater harvesting for irrigation purposes.
The jury praised the ivy as a "sophisticated, permanent and grandly architectural" development, "fused into the city's fabric in a presentable and ingenious way."
Riverside Park with History
At Blaxland Riverside Park in Sydney Olympic Park, the Armory Wharf Precinct adjoins the historic late-19th-century Newington Armory on the banks of Parramatta River.
Formerly a working industrial area, the riverside wharf and existing seawall-retained riverbank have been redeveloped into a public recreation area, including a new paved esplanade by Hargreaves Associates, with shade trees, picnic areas, fountains, and children's play features. A sedge-filled swale runs the length of the promenade to encourage safe passage of a rare native frog.
Materials relate to the industrial and military themes of the site. A shade shelter by Lacoste + Stevenson Architects consists of a shredded army-camouflage canopy supported by Cor-Ten posts, and the new cafe by Lahz Nimmo Architects features ribbed Cor-Ten cladding.
The jury called the Armory Wharf a "remarkably attractive park precinct" and "a most agreeable place to visit, uncluttered, well resolved, and in harmony with the natural and man-modified landscape."
The Balancea Apartments in Melbourne were designed by Wood Marsh Architecture in association with Sunland Design. The 23-story, 84-unit building is a sleek, reflective, fluted tower. The awards jury remarked on the architects' ingenuity in incorporating recessed balconies and operable windows into the "refined and glamorous" tinted glazed envelope.
At ground level, the high-end apartment building includes a cafe with an outdoor terrace, a concierge, and amenities for residents, including a pool, gym, and sauna that the jury described as "very atmospheric."
The gothic-revival St.Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne was designed primarily by English architect William Butterfield and built starting in 1880, with sandstone spires by Australian architect John Barr finally completed in 1933.
Falkinger Andronas Architects, Heritage Consultants (now Andronas Conservation Architecture) has carried out the first phase of a major preservation project at the cathedral, started in 2001. The project includes repairs to spires and roofs, conservation of mosaics and stained and leaded glass, cleaning of ceilings and walls, upgrading of electrical wiring and interior lighting, addition of a new glazed storm porch, and accessibility improvements at the front door.
One key strategy has been to focus intervention on the more difficult and inaccessible areas, such as the towers, in anticipation of the difficulty maintaining them in the future.
Ticket Booth as Urban Landmark
A young Sydney firm was behind the 1999 competition-winning design for a replacement ticket booth in New York's Times Square. Choi Ropiha looked beyond the specifications of the competition brief and sought to contribute to the public realm. The architects' redesign for the popular TKTS Booth, a discount ticket counter operated by the Theatre Development Fund, tucks a compact sales booth beneath a set of translucent red stairs that invite the public to climb aboard and view the surrounding urban spectacle.
Following the competition, the booth design was developed and progressed to construction by Perkins Eastman. Through their input, the concept evolved to become a customized lit glass structure, with geothermal heating and cooling and LED lighting of the steps. William Fellows, now with PKSB, designed the expanded Father Duffy Square; the eponymous statue stands at the foot of the red steps.
The jury "especially liked the vibrant character, logical public meeting place, and practical sales point" that the new TKTS Booth provides.
The Australian Institute of Architects 2009 National Architecture Awards were given on October 29, 2009.
The jury for the Australian Institute of Architects 2009 national awards included Howard Tanner, Tanner Architects, immediate past president of the Australian Institute of Architects; Richard Harris, Jasmax, president of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA); Peter Poulet, Tasmanian state architect; Rachel Hurst, University of South Australia; and Peter Malatt, Six Degrees Architects.
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