News / November 2018
Friday 2 November 2018
Optus Stadium and Darling Harbour Transformation receive top honours at AIA national awards

Optus Stadium – designed by HASSELL COX HKS – and Darling Harbour Transformation – by HASSELL / HASSELL + Populous – have taken out top honours at the 2018 Australian Institute of Architects National Awards.


Winning two shortlisted categories, Optus Stadium was awarded The Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture and the National Public Architecture Award.

The stadium is transforming the way fans experience major sport and entertainment events, and re-shaping Perth and its landscape in the process. Every design decision for the multi-purpose, 60,000-seat stadium was about achieving a singular vision – an unsurpassed visitor experience every time, every event.

On presenting the awards, the jury cited: “Optus Stadium is an immensely complex undertaking that successfully resolved structural, social and commercial challenges to deliver a world class sporting arena.

The jury was impressed by the architects’ innovative use of steel, both as a regional economic contributor and in its significant contribution to the overall success of the stadium’s design and resolution.”

HASSELL Principal Peter Dean said the awards once again highlight the incredible vision of the client and Perth in delivering such a city shaping project.

“Optus Stadium truly is a landmark project for the public that is changing the way fans experience sporting and entertainment events. It has received excellent recognition globally and to now have this recognition at the highest honor nationally, and by our peers, reinforces the hard work done by everyone involved in the project,” Peter said.

The Darling Harbour Transformation project was awarded the Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design Award and is Sydney’s most significant urban renewal initiative in 20 years.

Working closely with clients Infrastructure NSW and Lendlease, HASSELL developed the urban design framework and designed the public realm for the entire 20-hectare precinct, including reinvigorated parklands, plazas and event spaces. The harbour-side precinct has been recognised for its integration of the public realm with the architecture of three new venues designed by joint venture HASSELL + Populous, now known as the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney).

On presenting the award, the jury cited: “The reinvention of Darling Harbour is a significant moment in Sydney’s urban transformation. Long past its 1980s heyday, the precinct had become tired and congested, with limited visual or physical appeal. Although this is one of the city’s most visited public places, the redevelopment sought to enhance the urban experience – not just for tourists, but for residents and workers.

The precinct feels vital, engaging and safe. It has been given a clarity that previously evaded it. This is a true urban project of city scale, which will have an important impact on the future of the inner city.”

HASSELL Principal and Head of Landscape Architecture Angus Bruce said the national award is further recognition of the important role truly integrated urban design plays in shaping a city.

“By creating more inclusive and engaging new places and improving existing locations, the transformation of Darling Harbour has reinvigorated the previously disconnected part of Sydney and now generates ongoing social, economic and environmental benefits. This national recognition highlights the clear benefits smart design can have on a city and a community.”

The Australian Federal Police Forensics and Data Centre in Canberra also received a commendation in the Commercial Architecture category. The jury commented, “The new facility provides a workplace that will cultivate connections, exchange and the sharing of intelligence. A carefully layered plan separates sensitive areas by using spacious, light-filled and inviting corridors as internal streets, a remarkably calm and collaborative answer to this challenging brief.”

Photography:
Optus Stadium -Peter Bennetts 
Darling Harbour Transformation - Simon Wood 
Australian Federal Police Forensics and Data Centre - Christopher Frederick Jones

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