“It is to recognize that the role of public buildings is expanding to embrace their civic role in the city, and that they are an extension of the public space in the building,” said Ms. Peet.
From the museum’s perspective, the “record attendance figures achieved in the first two months of reopening speak for themselves,” the staff said in their quote for the awards.
Another big winner was Hassell’s designed project to renovate the refurbished Sydney Theater Company headquarters in the arts district of Walsh Bay, which received the Sulman Medal for Public Architecture.
The Wharf Renewal Project has retained the harbor bar and full-length walkway of the building familiar to Sydney theatergoers, while modernizing the theaters, administration and rehearsal spaces.
Architects working on the project were faced with the challenge of recognizing the heritage significance of the Centennial Wharf and an award-winning 1980s adaptation by architect Viv Fraser with the NSW Government Architect’s Office.
“It was never intended to be a public building, and it is now,” Ms. Peet said.
“It’s an amazing way to reinvent these heritage buildings, which are an integral part of our psyche, to allow more people to appreciate them. “
The theater company said in a statement that the end result was an “unqualified success, an entirely new facility that offers dramatically enhanced experiences for artists, workers and visitors while being a piece of architecture of beauty. breathtaking articulating brilliantly the maritime past of the future theatrical building ”.
North Sydney’s 1960s MLC building, which was recently saved from demolition by being added to the State Heritage Register, won the Enduring Architecture Award.
Other projects recognized in the categories of urban design, public architecture, educational and heritage included the Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Center by Andrew Burges Architects and Grimshaw with TCL with the City of Sydney; the Judith Nielson Institute for Journalism and Tzannes Ideas; Sub Base Platypus by architects lahznimmo and Aspect Design; and the Women’s College Sybil Center for m3architecture.
Ms Peet said the Sybil Center, designed as an event and study space for women, complemented the surrounding utility buildings of the University of Sydney and yet was “unashamed of a woman.”
The curved copper screen that crowned the building and depicted a procession of muses, lit from behind at night, “proclaims it a space for women,” she said.
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