This week an impressive judging panel took on the huge job of selecting five finalists in our Green Square Library and Plaza Design Competition.
We asked architects to design an iconic centrepiece for Green Square and the people of Sydney and the response has been overwhelming. The design competition had an incredible 167 entries from more than 30 countries, as well as many from across Australia.
The library and community centre will be part of the commercial, retail and cultural heart of the Green Square development, a new village hub on the City's southern fringe. The $8 billion redevelopment of Green Square is expected to become home to around 40,000 residents and 20,000 new jobs.
The City has allocated $25 million for the library works and $15 million for the surrounding public domain and plaza. We are hoping construction will get underway in 2014.
Each of our villages deserves exceptional services and community programs. Residents and visitors accessing Green Square's future library and community centre can expect an extremely high quality facility.
I hope the winning entry goes on to achieve the same kind of recognition and accolade as other recent City projects, including the multi-award winning Surry Hills Library and Paddington Reservoir Gardens.
The members of the judging panel are:
- Stuart McCreery: engineering and public building adviser
- Sharan Harvey: leading Queensland librarian and Brisbane City Council Library Services Manager
- Glenn Murcutt AO: Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) gold medallist and Pritzker Prize winner
- John Denton (Jury Chair): Victorian Government architect, RAIA gold medallist and designer of the Stonehenge Visitors Centre and the exhibition gallery at the Australian War Memorial
- George Hargreaves: leading American landscape architect, who designed the landscape master plan for the Sydney Olympics;
- Rachel Neeson: multiple award-winning local architect
I will announce the finalists at next weekend's Green Square Community Fair and you'll be able to tell Council what you think of the 5 designs. The judging panel will select a winning design later in the year.