Above: Kerstin Thompson, images courtesy Bundanon Trust.
Kerstin Thompson Architects (KTA) has today been announced as the winner of the Bundanon Trust’s national competition to deliver the masterplan that will enrich a 1100-hectare property in regional New South Wales.
The rejuvenation plan includes a creative learning centre for school students, visitor hub, residential quarters and a new gallery to house the $37.5 million Arthur Boyd art collection. New Zealand-based Megan Wraight has been announced as the landscape architect who will work in partnership with KTA on the landscape qualities of the site.
The jury, chaired by John Denton, Director of Denton Corker Marshall, and including Bundanon Trust Chair Shane Simpson AM, landscape architect and newly appointed Dean of Design, Architecture and Building at UTS, Professor Elizabeth Mossop and Brian Zulaikha, Director of Tonkin Zulaikha Greer were unanimous in their support for KTA’s proposal.
“The jury’s unanimous support for the appointment of KTA reflects the sympathetic and artistically aligned approach and philosophy of their proposal to the site’s landscape character and cultural significance,” says John Denton, Director of Denton Corker Marshall and Jury Chair.
A unique architectural competition, there was no final design submitted, rather a philosophy, process and vision. As Bundanon Trust CEO Deborah Ely explains, “We sought to appoint an architect that we felt was attuned to Arthur’s values, rather than select a firm based on a single design concept.”
For KTA, this vision featured “a form that possesses a gentle strength; subtle and restrained. Adopting an approach that is direct, robust, unfussy; honest in its expression, humble in its beauty, our focus for the design will fall less on iconic form making than on evoking experiences of and about place.”
The full team includes Kerstin Thompson Architects, Wraight + Associates with Craig Burton (landscape architecture and ecology), Atelier10 (ecologically sustainable design) and Irwin Consulting (structural and civil engineering). The group will work closely with Bundanon Trust staff, Shoalhaven locals, and other stakeholders.
KTA was chosen from a shortlist of six architecture firms including Virginia Kerridge Architect, Room 11, Peter Elliot Architecture + Urban Design, Jackson Clements Burrows Architects, and Chenchow Little Architects.