A new 76-apartment complex in Sydney’s inner west designed by Fox Johnston, has taken out New South Wales’ major architecture award for Residential Architecture – Houses (Multiple Housing) for 2018, and our early childhood learning centre at Green Square, Waranara, won both an Award for Interior architecture, and a Commendation for Educational Architecture, announced on Friday 6 July 2018.
THE ROCHFORD: WINNER, THE AARON BOLOT AWARD FOR RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE – HOUSES (MULTIPLE HOUSING) 2018
Set in an urban renewal area in Sydney’s inner west, The Rochford apartment building is part of a series by Fox Johnston exploring how apartment living can provide amenity and a sense of ‘home’ comparable to the terraces and freestanding houses that surround it.
‘The Rochford stands out... balancing inside/outside living and careful interior design with efficient planning, privacy, daylight and outlook.
‘The building mass comprises an elegant centre wing with flanking corner wings separated by deeply articulated daylight slots bringing light into all common circulation areas. The raised ground floor apartments have individual street entries, and the upper apartments have a sense of a private living environment, made possible by bringing forward the kitchen configuration to the balcony where possible, with folding countertop windows, sunscreens and three quarter high balcony planters bringing green into the immediate view of many apartments. The rooftop area continues the theme with individual community garden beds and plentiful areas for other activities and storage. “
“.... the design achievements are numerous, the materials are durable, robust and thoughtful, and the experience lives up to the proposition of ‘home’.
WARANARA EARLY LEARNING CENTRE: 2018 AWARD FOR INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE & COMMENDATION FOR EDUCATIONAL ARCHITECTURE
The Waranara Early Learning Centre is a high quality child care centre located in Green Square, Sydney, catering for the needs of young children in this densely populated community. It won both an award for Interior Architecture and a Commendation for Educational Architecture.
The building is L-shaped in plan and retains an existing heritage outpatient building, part of the former Royal South Sydney Hospital. Project details see (insert web link to project details).
‘Fox Johnston’s contribution to the collection of new community buildings at Green Square is a delightful series of interior spaces dedicated to our youngest and most vulnerable members of society.
‘The design delivers a fresh, uplifting and welcoming internal learning environment for small children comprising smartly detailed play rooms and utility spaces flooded with natural light and air.
‘ ... the architects have seamlessly integrated the adaptive reuse of a heritage-listed outpatients building with a new built form to create a well-organised, legible and visually permeable floor plan.
‘... interiors are thoughtfully resolved and cleverly integrated into the architecture..’
‘the blending of old and new is subtle but skilfully executed, resulting in a smart, sophisticated and cohesive design outcome......