Above: Kempsey Crescent Head Surf Life Saving Club by Neeson Murcutt Architects. Photo by Brett Boardman.
The winners of the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2016 NSW Architecture Awards were announced in Sydney last week. The state’s longest standing honour, the Sulman Medal which was introduced in 1932, is given to a public building of exceptional merit and this year was awarded to the “quintessentially Australian” Kempsey Crescent Head Surf Life Saving Club by Neeson Murcutt Architects. “This project is completely engaged with the environment and the culture of coastal NSW. The execution and detailing is beautifully refined and resolved, but still tough and robust to suit the extreme, corrosive environment and the demands of a “club” client,” the jury noted.
Major inner-city works that balance the demands of commercial, public and urban interests were lauded by the jury for their contributions to the city landscape. 5 Martin Place by JPW & TKD Architects in collaboration, won the Commercial Architecture, Heritage: Greenway Award and Urban Design: Lloyd Rees Award categories, was described as a “masterful example of strategic, design-led planning.”
Liberty Place by francis-jones morehen thorp received honours for Commercial, Sustainable and Urban Design along with the City of Sydney Lord Mayor’s Prize for the creation of a new public space for the city and a revitalised precinct for workers and visitors between ANZ Tower and Legion House.
The Commercial Architecture: Sir Arthur G Stephenson Award was presented to HDR for its work on the Novartis building, while AJ+C received the Educational Architecture: William E Kemp Award for the Abbotsleigh Multi-purpose Assembly and Sports Hall.
SJB took out multiple awards, including the Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing: Aaron Bolot Award for 10 Wylde Street, as well as the Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing Award and the City of Sydney Lord Mayor’s Prize Commendation for No 17 Danks.