AN AWARD WINNING YEAR! - Allen Jack+Cottier: Volume 3 Issue 10
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A great team at AJ+C and a year of design challenges, triumphs, inspiration & hard work, including WINNING AN EXEMPLARY ARCHITECTURE AWARD AT THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE’s 2013 DESIGN AWARDS

  • Launching our sell out multi residential project at Macquarie Park

  • Winning five new masterplanning and urban design briefs

  • Starting construction on our major Parramatta project - V by Crown

  • Completion of our jewel of an art gallery at Abbotsleigh School

  • Hosting the Sydney leg of Table for 12 conversation for the Prix de Rome

Good design – and the ideas and people who shape it – lies at the centre of everything we do at AJ+C. To design well, you need the ability to look at each brief with a new and inquiring set of eyes. That’s why - at every scale, from a single room to a vast multi-residential project - we always design from first principles, to create the very best response to the potential it presents.
This issue highlights some of our work and our achievements this year. The scope is wide, ranging from a number of new multi-residential and student accommodation projects, to winning a major international award at the International Olympics Committee awards in Cologne, Germany. The common thread is always the focus on design.
I spent the month of October overseas, talking about Australian design, and speaking to some remarkable architects, designers and urban planners about the challenges we – and our communities - face. Not surprisingly, many of those challenges – increasing pressure on cities, movement of people, scarce resources, ageing workforce, increasing costs – are remarkably similar, irrespective of their geography. It was great to see how some of our colleagues around the world are tackling them, and I came back very inspired.

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Michael Heenan


Milson Island wins Olympic Silver

Milson Island Sport & Recreation Centre, has continued its winning run, taking out the highest award in its category (the Silver Medal) at the 2013 International Olympic Committee/International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities Awards for Exceptional Facilities around the globe.
The Communities NSW building is one of a handful of projects from around the world to win an award at the IOC/IAKS 2013 awards, and the only Australian project to win. Other finalists include the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, which also won silver, together with indoor venues in Switzerland, Iran and Japan, and a range of stadia and other outdoor facilities.

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Table for 12 conversation

On 4 November 2013, AJ+C hosted the Sydney evening of an eight-city global design and culture conversation, the brainchild of Canadian architects Johanna Hurme and Sasa Radulovic. Co-founders of the enigmatically titled Canadian architecture firm 5468796 Architects, their most recent project, Table for 12 (for the 2013 Canadian Prix de Rome) brings together architects from Lisbon, New York, Rotterdam, Sydney, Tokyo, Copenhagen, Mexico City and Winnipeg for a series of informal conversations over dinner about architecture, design and what makes great cities.
The Sydney event produced a stimulating and informal conversation, highlighting  the need for architecture and design ‘champions’ at local, state and Federal level governments, together with funders and builders who understand what makes a place work, or not.

Surry Hills Warehouse

Function shapes form

In Sydney’s inner suburb of Surry Hills in a 1920s warehouse, there is something quite unique happening. The building is being transformed into a private residence for one of Sydney’s most successful young businessmen, John Winning. As part of this transformation AJ+C has designed a sculptural pod within the body of the building. It sits amongst and between the existing timber trusses, the exterior mirroring the private interior spaces of the bedroom and ensuite. The shell of the pod was created using yachting technology, from foam and fibreglass. It was fabricated in Brisbane by Mouldcam and trucked to Sydney – assembled, finished and spray painted in the warehouse.

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Macquarie Park Village

A seriously impressive SELL OUT

The early November 2013 Stage 1 off-the-plan release of 378 apartments at Macquarie Park Village (MPV) in Macquarie Park, Sydney, sold out on the first day with more buyers waiting – an impressive performance, even in a strong market. The Stage 2 release of the project will occur in two parts, the first of which, 'The Melbourne' was 70% presold within a few hours. The second part of Stage 2, 'The Sydney', will be released in early 2014. MPV was designed by AJ+C for HSH Hotels (Australia) Ltd, a company owned by the Stamford Land Group.

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A garden of earthly delights

Like AJ+C’s Moore Park Gardens complex, our new Macquarie Park Village project successfully integrates a major new residential development into an urban context, driving change in the area and creating a major new residential landmark. Director Mark Louw talks about how AJ+C’s thinking on multi-residential work has evolved.

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 Urban Designer

Leading urban planner Joe Rowling joined AJ+C in September 2013 to head up our urban design team. A UK registered architect with a masters degree in urban design, Joe has particular experience in urban renewal and regeneration projects, with a focus on master planning brownfield site and public domain enhancements.

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With over 500 tonnes of concrete, 100 tonnes of steel and rising 12 metres above street level, two massive 'V' columns signal that construction is well underway on Parramatta’s new V by Crown building, setting a new benchmark for residences in this area. V by Crown brings to Parramatta a building that is not only strikingly beautiful but well conceived, balancing comfort and an attention to detail.

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In 2010 AJ+C prepared a twenty year master plan for Abbotsleigh School for Girls, Sydney, identifying various precincts. Vindin House, a heritage listed property was identified as part of the Arts precinct. The brief was to convert an existing boarding house into a public art gallery and supporting teaching studios. The gallery accessible to the public provides education programs reaching diverse audiences.

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Christmas Donations

This year, instead of sending out Christmas cards, we will again make a $500 donation to The Anganwadi Project, a charity that sends Australian architects to Ahmedabad (India), to design and build preschools in underprivileged communities. One of our architects, Caroline Kite, was involved in the project for nine months over 2011-2012. She will be returning in January 2014 to help familiarise the new volunteers working on the next preschool, and to visit the two preschools and communities she worked with. We look forward to hearing more about the project on her return to AJ+C.
In addition AJ+C has donated $500 to the Philippine Red Cross, to support the relief effort following typhoon Haiyan.
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