Grimshaw awarded Australian architecture’s highest honour
Winners announced for Australian Institute of Architects National Awards
Tenderstream member Grimshaw has been awarded Australia’s highest architectural honour for the Woodside Building for Technology and Design, created in collaboration with Monash University. The project won the Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture at this year’s Australian Institute of Architects National Awards, together with the David Oppenheim Award for Sustainable Architecture. The firm also received recognition for the Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre, which was created as part of a partnership with Andrew Burges Architects and TCL, in collaboration with the City of Sydney.
The 40th anniversary of the Australian Institute of Architects National Awards was held virtually, seeking to celebrate the most prestigious, peer-reviewed architecture that highlights the value architects add to their communities through exceptional design. The awards jury praised the Woodside Building for the overall effect of its design, stating: “The universality provided to this building through structure, daylight and amenity, through order in the plan and poetry in the whole, brings to light the architectural discipline like no other building noted by the jury this year.” From a sustainability perspective, the jury noted: “Currently the largest Passive House-certified project in the southern hemisphere, the building has established a pathway for Monash to achieve net-zero carbon by 2030.”
Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre received the National Award for Public Architecture, with the jury citation noting that the design provides a new awareness of how important public rooms raise our sense of communal self, giving us the opportunity to engage with one another in an uninhibited architectural space. They explained: “This is a playful work that inspires a consideration of how the enjoyment of water-based environments has developed the psyche of an entire culture. The work represents a significant departure from the now-familiar utilitarian approach to enclosed pool environments in New South Wales, prompting a nuanced conversation about how the indoor pool can provide a community room in which there can be architectural expression.”
Tenderstream Head of Research