AJ+C shortlisted for three awards at World Architecture Festival

AJ+C shortlisted for three awards at World Architecture Festival


The World Architecture Festival (WAF)* has announced that Allen Jack+Cottier (AJ+C) has been shortlisted in three award categories this year. The WAF will be held in Amsterdam from 28 – 30 November 2018 featuring over 530 competing projects from 57 countries.

The AJ+C category finalists are:

Urbanest Darling Square, Haymarket – Large Scale Housing (Completed Buildings)

The design for Urbanest Darling Square in Haymarket brings a contemporary context to an historic warehouse area, forming a transition between the old and new parts of the city. The building provides student accommodation.

Urbanest Darling Square, Haymarket – Innovative Use of Colour (the theme of the 2018 WAF awards)

The western façade colours of this building were inspired by the original warehouse brickwork of historic Ultimo with the eastern façade relating to the CBD evoking the shimmering effect of Sydney harbour.

Kiama House, – Villa (Completed Buildings)

Designed as the main residence on a 20-hectare horse stud farm, the project comprises a series of pavilions located in the coastal landscape of the Illawarra. Sited high on a North East facing hillside, the house takes advantage of solar access, cross ventilation and the extensive panoramic views.

For the tenth year running AJ+C director Michael Heenan has been appointed to the WAF judging panel and accompanying him to the event will be the largest AJ+C delegation to ever attend these prestigious awards.

“At the heart of the culture at AJ+C is our belief in the importance of building a cohesive and inclusive team, from our junior designers through to senior architects,” said Heenan.

In 2017 AJ+C’s Sydney Fish Market Reference Scheme won both the WAF Future Project Master-planning award and the World Future Project of the Year.

For more information on the WAF Awards visit worldarchitecturefestival.com

* The World Architecture Festival is dedicated to celebrating, sharing and inspiring outstanding architecture. It is the only architecture event where keynote talks from the industry’s most influential figures sit alongside live judging presentations from over 500 award finalists plus global networking and an international product exhibition.

For interview opportunity with Michael Heenan please contact:

Dimity Pinto Dimity@fredcommunications.com.au 0412 164 333

‘The Material City’

‘The Material City’

AJ+C recently attended Brickworks book launch for ‘The Material City’ by Ron Ringer. The book explores the work of 50 of Australia’s leading architects whose work reflects the ongoing urban densification of our cityscapes. The emphasis is on medium to high rise buildings. Practitioners and academics in the field of architecture also make a contribution in the form of short, illustrated essays about the general theme of this book.

One of these case studies is a WAF shortlist project by AJ+C. Urbanest Darling Square 1, which is located in Sydney’s most renowned precincts Darling Harbour. The Urbanest building is conceived as being part of the ‘city wall’ of the new precinct; the design of the western elevation facing Ultimo resembles a thick wall with deep set openings like the robust masonry forms of the Powerhouse Museum and old wool stores in Ultimo. The eastern side facing the new precinct and harbour beyond, uses glazing and faceted metal panels to create a rippling effect akin to wave patterns on the harbour.

The Material City features case studies addressing contemporary urban issues such as old/new and adaptation, apartment sizes and building density, affordability, transport and connectivity. The case studies are followed by a collection of 18 essays exploring the urban condition, including Michael Heenan’s Growing Sydney- investigating Sydney’s major issues and how to address them with urban planning and transportation factors.