Wurriki Nyal Civic Precinct | COX Architecture

Wurriki Nyal Civic Precinct | COX Architecture | Photographer: Peter Clarke

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Wurriki Nyal Civic Precinct | COX Architecture

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Project summary

The ‘Wurriki Nyal’ Civic Precinct for the City of Greater Geelong provides a purpose-built Council Hub and new Civic Space with state-of-the-art environmental features, supporting community wellbeing, growth, and sustainable development for this designated UNESCO City of Design.

The first stage of the precinct masterplan brings together the City of Greater Geelong Council departments into a single, collaborative workplace. Wurriki Nyal provides A-Grade office space for 850 full-time workers in central Geelong, galvanising the local council and creating opportunities to engage the community through active, accessible, and inviting public spaces.

A highlight to the building is in the hybrid structural system utilising concrete, steel, and mass timber throughout. The choice of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and Gulam columns and beams, helps create a light-filled, healthy, and contemporary workplace that addresses social, environmental, technological, and economic aspects – responding to the physical and emotional wellbeing of occupants and to understand the viewing.

Victorian Jury Presentation

From the Mass Engineered Timber construction, Wadawurrung culture and heritage celebrated throughout and the red brick façade honouring our region’s industrial heritage, the Wurriki Nyal Civic Precinct celebrates and exemplifies Geelong’s designation as Australia’s only UNESCO City of Design.

The thoughtful, cohesive design celebrates our past, while meeting our significant aspirations for environmental outcomes through high standards of energy, waste, and water. This efficient and financially sustainable new precinct brings together City of Greater Geelong staff from nine offices into one contemporary new workplace designed to enable us to continue to serve our community now and into the future.

Project Practice Team

Amos Dahlitz, Associate
Andrew Tucker, Director
Christina Prodromou, Director
David Henderson, Senior Associate
Gate Boonklurb, Architect
Guilherme Mendes Rodrigues, Associate
Ivana Dancova, Architect
Jeffrey Tanate, Associate
Livee Tan, Associate Director
Margot Lapalus, Interior Designer
Mehnaz Ahmed, Associate
Nicholas McRoberts, Architect
Patrick Ness, Director
Sam Lock, Director
Shjaan Versey, Senior Associate
Siripat Panusbordee, Interior Designer
Timothy McCarthy, Associate
Tommy Miller, Associate
Wesley Perrott, Associate
William Cassell, Associate
Zen Lee, Associate

Project Consultant and Construction Team

4D Workshop, Structural Engineer
Aspect Studios, Landscape Consultant
Contour, Town Planner
Gallagher Jeffs, Client Project Manager
Impact, Traffic Engineering
Inhabit, Façade Engineering
Leigh Design, Waste Management
MGAC, Access Consultant
NDY, Building Services, VT, Acoustics, ESD
Quintessential Equity, Developer
Scientific Fire Services, Fire Engineering
Steve Watson & Partners, Building Surveyor
Studio Semaphore, Signage and Wayfinding
Village Well, Placemaking

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