I was delighted to once again present the Lord Mayor's Prize at the Australian Institute of Architects' annual NSW Architecture Awards at Sydney Town Hall on Friday night.
The Lord Mayor's Prize was introduced in 2013 to celebrate design excellence in our city.
Our vision is a city with beautifully designed, sustainable buildings and public spaces to encourage innovation, inspiration and pride. In the past decade, we approved development worth $24 billion and we've been internationally recognised and awarded for our focus on design excellence and sustainability - working with private developers and on our own projects.
The building weaves together the built form needed by students and teachers with the open space of the Alumni Green and the surrounding streetscape.
The building contains a range of specialist research facilities, clinical teaching spaces and Australia's largest undergraduate science teaching space, a two-hundred seat Super Lab. These purposeful spaces are well connected above and below ground to student commons and meeting spaces. Strategic skylights, reflected light and colour charge these spaces.
The building has a 5 Star Green rating and includes innovative air-conditioning, a green roof providing insulation, and a high amount of recycled materials.
As this building and those surrounding it evolve and grow, there will be continued opportunities to improve the public domain and create a noteworthy urban public open space for students, visitors and Sydneysiders alike.
The City of Sydney's Director of Planning, Graham Jahn AM, prepares the shortlist of entries that helping to create the kind of city we all want to live in, to work in and to visit.
This year, the shortlist included:
- The Irving Street Brewery by Tzannes Associates
- East Village by Nicholas Turner
- St Barnabas Church by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp and
- Llankelly Place Lights by McGregor Westlake Architecture in Association with Conybeare Morrison
The most encouraging sign of the health of architecture in Sydney is that there is an increasing number of projects vying for a place on the shortlist. All these projects have contributed to Sydney's growing international reputation as a city of design excellence.