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AJ+C Multipurpose Sports Hall Wins Top NSW Educational Architecture Award and is shortlisted in an elite group of finalists in the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Berlin 2016

Citation by Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Jury.

“The excellence of this building can be accounted for on many registers. Its sustainability credentials are significant and include the use of life cycle cost benefit considerations.

The sports hall and playing field have been expertly placed on a tricky site, as part of an overall master plan that works to minimise impact to the immediately adjacent trees and surrounding forest, whilst still providing logical entry ways and connections. Further consideration of the building’s orientation and control of its envelope result in finely tuned and high quality spaces. A well tested and expertly handled section works to optimise natural light and ventilation, with the main volume of the hall relying solely on natural ventilation year round, and natural light maximised without risk of glare. Roof water is captured and harvested with surplus water used for irrigation and grey water flushing. A constant and carefully considered connection with its forest surroundings has resulted in a building that works in harmony with its context.”

2016    Australian Institute of Architecture William E Kemp Award Best Educational Building in NSW
2016    Australian Institute of Architecture Commendation Award for Sustainability
2016    World Architecture Festival Shortlisted in Sports Category
2015    MBA of NSW Excellence in Construction Award Best Use of Structural Steel
2015    MBA of NSW Excellence in Construction Award Sporting Facilities Between $15m and $20m



The new AJ+C designed community hub at Fairfield Youth and Community Centre assists with youth unemployment and engagement

The new Fairfield Youth and Community Centre’s (FYCC) simple aesthetic and well-defined geometry gives it a presence that fits playfully into its park context. FYCC provides an alternative and positive hub for young people to gather and participate in a wide variety of passive and active pursuits.


The new 3,000sqm centre for Fairfield City Council houses a large hall with basketball courts, in-ground trampolines, a rock climbing wall and program rooms fitted with the latest connectivity.

Designed as one of a series of components within an established recreational precinct, the building is well integrated into the landscape and responds to the Leisure Centre opposite. Located only a short walk from Fairfield Station, within Fairfield Park the building has already become a key destination.

“The architecture is simple and geometric. The form of the building reads as a collection of pure white forms floating above a dark base. There is a practical robustness about the design which reflects the construction budget and the practicalities of its purpose. The FYCC provides a flexible space for people of the community, young and old, to develop and grow,” said design architect John Whittingham.


The Cardinal Freeman project will become a benchmark for the seniors living market, providing amenity and community through thoughtfully designed and planned new buildings, integrated into an historic site.

At Cardinal Freeman Village in Ashfield, NSW, two new seniors living apartment buildings have already been completed with a third under construction. The site has significant heritage values, incorporating the historic Glentworth House. Set on a beautiful, gently rolling site, it will provide not only apartments, but also community facilities such as a library, town hall, theatre, indoor pool, gymnasium and cafe.  Upper level apartments will have extensive views to Sydney city and the Blue Mountains. There are 240 apartments in a mix of 1 bed with study, 2 bed with study and 3 beds, as well as a separate residential aged care facility of approximately 130 beds for Opal Aged Care.


AJ+C was engaged by Stockland to develop the master plan and concept design for the site, and the original DA was approved in April 2013. Since that time, AJ+C has developed the design and documented the new buildings as either design and construct or, full documentation packages. The project is being constructed in stages, replacing the existing low scale residential buildings, designed and constructed in the 1980s. The master plan will create a significant number of new open spaces, with a large ‘village green’ enhancing the historic buildings and providing a new level of legibility and amenity to the site.

Stage 3 is currently out to tender and, once built together with extensive additional landscaping, will complete the master plan to add an enhanced and vibrant precinct to the surrounding area.


The Cave, a sculptured sleeping pod by AJ+C, featured at the Vivid Good Design awards in Architectural - Interior Design and Product Design - Furniture & Lighting. The Cave’s development from Computer Aided Design (CAD) to 3D printing, to full size 3DC carving machine is standard practice at AJ+C, and all 3D models are printed in our studio.


Our specialised design in sporting and leisure facilities continues with projects including The Royal Sydney Golf Club (RSGC), Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA), the Coogee Surf Life Saving Club (CSLSC) and Rose Bay Surf Club.


The RSGC plan for the Club’s next 30 years will upgrade infrastructure and services, improving the overall experience of members while retaining its elegant and gracious appeal. Conceptual designs are now underway for discussion with members.


Next time you are in our office try our Virtual Reality laboratory where you can walk through any of our 3D computer models and even make notes on the walls as you walk through.


After years of conflict on this site, AJ+C was asked to become involved to design a sensitive, highly considered and complying development to create great public spaces and cross site links, lively footpaths and great apartments and to knit very carefully into the surrounding public domain.


The development application (DA) for Rozelle Village, also known as the Balmain Leagues Club Precinct, for a mixed use development has been submitted. The DA comprises 135 dwellings within two residential towers and terrace/town houses along Waterloo Street, retail shops, restaurants, a supermarket and commercial offices as well as a new premises for the Balmain Leagues Club.

Within these higher intensity, urban projects AJ+C is integrating active spaces that will have a positive effect on the health and general quality of life of the community, while also dramatically increasing the return on economic and social investment. These projects bring together all of AJ+C’s experience in retail, entertainment, sports, child care, aged care and residential buildings to create active, healthy, whole of life community living.

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