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Proposition 2065 shortlist announced

June 10, 2010

Four firms shortlisted in AR’s competition to revitalise an inner city site in St Leonards, Sydney.

The Stage One shortlist for Architectural Review Australia’s ideas competition, Proposition 2065, has been announced.

The shortlisted teams are:
*Carterwilliamson Architects in association with Studio Zanardo
Hayball in association with Monash University Faculty of Art & Design
HBO+EMTB – Peter Fajak Principal Designer
Peddle Thorp in association with Sustainable Built Environments*

The four teams were chosen in Stage One of judging, selected anonymously from 26 submissions.

The competition asked entrants to design a mixed-use development for a site in St Leonards, Sydney. Central to the competition and the site’s development is the need to drive employment and commercial activity in the area, and jurors therefore looked for entries that were primarily concerned with a commercial program.

The jury also agreed that the strategic inclusion of other components – including retail and residential – would add strength to a proposal.

Carterwilliamson Architects + Studio Zanardo proposed a mix of commercial, residential, affordable housing and public use, with a “ true, ‘open to the sky’ public domain through the site” providing a pedestrian and cycle link as well as a civic square. The jury praised the team’s strategic approach, noting the “clever means by which the design managed a potentially monolithic scale by breaking its primary volume into smaller components.”

The Hayball + Monash submission envisaged St Leonards as a “ leading model of the 21st century Knowledge City”, with the site acting as a catalyst with “resolved physical connections, a critical mass of knowledge businesses and the co-location of diverse programmatic typologies.” The jury noted that this submission suggested the “strongest methodology, supported by a clearly defined urban design logic and a balance of spatial, social and economic imperatives.”

HBO+EMTB proposed a community green connecting St Leonards Station, the Forum Courtyard and the Talus St Reserve. Office buildings and affordable housing sit above the garden, while retail spaces positioned below the green “seamlessly connect” the site with its surroundings, “creating an active and vibrant destination.” The jury noted the proposal’s “flowing verdant landscape that suggested fluid connections beyond the subject site.”

Peddle Thorp + SBE’s entry transformed the site into a circulation hub “designed to interact with the surrounding buildings and spaces. Thereby activating the precinct.” The design team aimed to “create an exemplar energy efficient development.” Jurors commended the way the fractured volumes of the key buildings allowed for “permeability and a dissolving of building mass,” with a proposal that provided for community programs at the heart of the site.

The four shortlisted teams will now progress to State Two of the competition, developing their Stage One submissions in further detail. Each shortlisted team will receive $10,000 on completion of Stage Two, and the winner – announced in October – will receive $20,000 in prize money.

The Proposition 2065 jury was chaired by Andrew Mackenzie, with jurors Philip Follent, Tim Greer, Callum Fraser, Gabrielle Morrish and Greg Woodhams.

A full jury report for Stage One will be published in AR #116.
*A full copy of all submissions can be viewed online at* ["www.proposition.com.au":http://www.proposition.com.au/]
*Proposition 2065 is sponsored by Willoughby City Council, Altomonte Holdings, Graphisoft and Polyflor.*

  • terry Towling June 17th, 2010 4:30 am

    Hayball and Monash. for sure.


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