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“Commendation award” – Proposition 2065 design competition

November 4, 2010

Architectural Review Australia (AR) awarded  Antoine Damery and his team representing Peddle Thorp Architects, Melbourne and Sustainable Built Environments (SBE) a commendation for their finalist listed entry in the Proposition 2065 design competition.

On Thursday 28 November, AR held a dinner at Steak Haus in Potts Point to celebrate this year’s successful Proposition 2065 competition, and congratulate the winning and commended teams.

As a Concept design leader on the project , Antoine Damery recognises that this achievement shows the importance of a collaborative work process between Designers, Architects and Environmental specialists.

The competition’s aim is to produce innovative architectural concepts and development solutions for a specific Australian site. The brief for 2010 challenged entrants to design a mixed-use development for a disused site in St Leonards in Sydney, immediately adjacent to the train station and major road intersections.

The major strengths of this scheme related to the way scale and connectivity have been handled. The fractured volumes of the key buildings were seen as a clever repsonse to both of these challenges, allowing for both permeability and a dissolving building mass. The Jury also saw the embedding of community programs deep within the heart of the site and integrated into the artificial topography as a good strategic move, as an activation of the ground plane.

The jury acknowledge the improvements made to Peddle Thorp + Sustainable Built Environments proposal since stage 1 of the competition, particulary in defining the complex artificial ground plan and the effects of the public domain on the linkages with the key grade connections to the locality.

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