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Tonkin Zulaikha Greers [“Paddington Reservoir Gardens”:http://stage.australiandesignreview.com/projects/12586-Paddington-Reservoir-Gardens-Tonkin-Zulaikha-Greer-James-Mather-Delaney-Design] has been named as one of the worlds most significant new architecture projects, receiving an award at the International Architecture Awards.
The awards, organised by the Chicago Athenaeum and The Urban Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies, reward recent architecture, landscape architecture, interiors and urban planning projects. This year, 95 new buildings and urban planning projects were selected from 38 nations.
TZG worked together with landscape architects JMD Design to transform the Paddington Reservoir into an urban park, featuring a sunken garden sited around the ruins of the former water chambers.
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said of the project: The magical restoration of the Paddington Reservoir Gardens provides new open space, revives a State Heritage listed site and has created an exciting cultural venue for the local community to enjoy.
The practice has received a wealth of awards for this project, including the Lloyd Rees Award for Urban Design and the Greenway Award for Heritage at the [“2010 NSW AIA Awards”:http://stage.australiandesignreview.com/news/17352-Institute-announces-NSW-Architecture-Award-winners]; the [“2009 Landscape Architecture Medal”:http://stage.australiandesignreview.com/news/14821-TZG-wins-at-NSW-Landscape-Architecture-awards] presented by the AILA; and the [“2009 Australia Award for Urban Design”:http://stage.australiandesignreview.com/news/13088-TZG-triumphs-with-Australia-Award], awarded by the Planning Institute of Australia.
TZG were also recognised in the 2009 International Architecture Awards, receiving an award for CarriageWorks at Eveleigh, an adaptive reuse project that transformed a Sydney workshop into a centre for contemporary arts.
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