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Online event | NSW Awards Showcase @ [net]work from home

31 Jul 2020 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am AEST

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NSW Architecture Awards 2020 showcase

Showcasing winning projects from the NSW Architecture Awards 2020, hear Al Baxter from Populous talk about Bankwest Stadium and Phillip Rossington from BVN discuss the MLC School Senior Centre.

This is the first in our series of [net]work from home virtual events showcasing winning projects. To launch this series, we are honoured to headline two outstanding projects: Bankwest Stadium recipient of the COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture, Award for Commercial Architecture and a People’s Choice award, and the William E Kemp Award for Educational Architecture winning design MLC School Senior Centre.

During this virtual event you will also hear the latest Institute and industry updates from NSW’s State Manager Kate Concannon and Chapter President Kathlyn Loseby.

31 July | NSW Architecture Awards 2020 Showcase

Bankwest Stadium by Populous

Jury citation: It is often lamentable when public buildings fall short of all that they could be. Stadiums, museums, art galleries and libraries are too often presented as ‘commercial’ developments; frequently lacking the enduring, universal qualities that make a truly civic project. It is therefore unsurprising in this context that a public stadium, such as Bankwest Stadium, was not also entered in the public architecture category of these awards. This attitude of  public buildings being regarded as developments rather than offerings to the future impoverishes our cities and speaks poorly to the values of our time. The stadium in Parramatta sits humbly within this context and yet delivers a project with an unexpected intimacy, humanity and tactility.

Designed with a sophisticated understanding of stadia, every attempt has been made to offer humanising spaces, capable of traversing wide-ranging programmatic requirements, from a local weekend game to a full capacity star- studded concert. The decision to work with Australian steel inspired visual cues to memories of our city, exposing that an intimate experience is possible in this important civic building. The detail too, in the use of only local sections, is masterfully executed. The architect has made this a work of clear and public dimension by providing the possibility of a personal experience through adroit plays of structure, repetition, proportion and careful physical dimension at every turn. Such attentiveness to these important architectural tools has become rare in this typology and in our profession generally; this project delivers all these things beautifully and with grace. (Feature image: Bankwest Stadium by Populous | 📷 Murray Fredericks)

MLC School Senior Centre by BVN

Jury citation: With an eye on the future of collaborative  work-place environments the Senior Centre enhances learner-centred design principles by providing daylight-illuminated spaces that enable students to take increasing responsibility for their own learning and be more self-directed in how they shape their learning experience. Open areas have successfully blurred the boundaries between spaces such that staff and students are often working side by side in their preparation time. The glass pods suspended throughout the building encourage senior students to  make the most of the opportunity for private study, small group study or meetings with teachers. There is a harmonious and successfully realised balance between open collaborative spaces, performance, practical and more traditional spaces. At the heart of the Senior Centre is a central atrium that functions as a lightwell with a large skylight above illuminating each level, including the ground floor amphitheatre. The pop-out meeting and quiet rooms addressing the atrium energise its volume with the activities clearly visible within.

Careful consideration for the staging of small but important moments of human activity are enabled with the inclusion of Juliette balconies within the large volume interior. The simple yet sophisticated facade of the Senior Centre is composed of a full height, double glazed, high performance envelope, which maximises access to daylight. A skin of perforated folded aluminium panels wraps around the glazed facade, providing a combination of sun-shading and privacy. The automated louvre windows naturally ventilate the building. In instances the Senior Centre facade is pierced by large pop-out windows, which offer views and vignettes of the learning experience happening within the building. The immediacy of raw concrete is framed throughout with sharp detailing and the management of natural and artificial lighting that imparts warmth and delight to this high-quality place of learning.



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