Urban Design Award of Excellence: Adelaide Riverbank Precinct Public Realm
Entrant Practice: ARM with TCL
Precinct / Area: Adelaide
Client: DPTI / Renewal SA
The much-anticipated Adelaide Riverbank Precinct Public Realm Redevelopment by ARM with TCL will undoubtedly make an extremely significant contribution to the Riverbank Precinct and to Adelaide city. The team are to be highly commended for the quality and resolution of the design, including resolution of complex and diverse programmes, and problematic grades and levels, to enable, for the first time, complete connection between the River and the greater city. This project represents a careful response to its South Australian context and an astute reinterpretation of the site͛s and South Australia's history. Design elements include urban green arbours, garden spaces, a flexible performance space, a playful water-feature, urban streets, laneways and courtyards, and a palette that includes local stone and archetypally South Australian plants. Currently under construction through an exemplary private / SA Government partnership, the jury look forward to the delivery of this visionary precinct as a lively and memorable centre of arts and activity for current and future generations.
Urban Design Landscape Architecture Award: Royal Adelaide Hospital
Entrant Practice: Tract Consultants Pty Ltd
Precinct / Area: Adelaide
Client: HYLC Joint Venture
The Royal Adelaide Hospital occupies a prominent position on the corner of the Adelaide Grid within the City͛s biomedical precinct. The design team͛s vision for a ͚hospital in a park and a park within a hospital͛seeks to promote wellness for not only hospital users but to the broader precinct, offering a variety of programmatic spaces. Reference to natural themes aids wayfinding and integrated art provides a reference point for people moving through the facility both vertically and horizontally. A high level of regard has been given to the sites interfaces; the Park Lands, the North Terrace boulevard, SAHMRI and the former Adelaide Rail-yards with a focus to enhance precinct connections to education, retail and commercial, open space and transport infrastructure nodes. The Royal Adelaide Hospital is proving to be an urban catalyst for development at the west end of the city.
Urban Design Landscape Architecture Award: Willunga Mainstreet Project
Entrant Practice: WAX Design
Precinct / Area: City of Onkaparinga - Willunga
Client: City of Onkaparinga
The Willunga Mainstreet Project has seen 20 years of planning come to fruition to transform the town centre into one that is a delight for local businesses, community and visitors alike. WAX Design, with their creative partners, are to be commended for creating an exemplar for contemporary placemaking through effective leadership, research, engagement, planning and delivery of this project. A robust design structure is seamlessly and richly layered with local historic and contemporary narrative, local materials, artefacts, sculptures, furniture, planting and wayfinding, with construction by local artisans within a 50km radius of the site. Willunga Slate paving used as traffic calming measures; drainage swales and rain gardens apply best practice water sensitive urban design principles and are fully integrated into the street and planting design. A level of care and consideration is evident; not a detail is overlooked in the highly crafted delivery of this project.