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The City of Adelaide Prize 2017

The City of Adelaide Prize is a category within the prestigious South Australian Architecture Awards Program.

The City of Adelaide Prize recognises innovative built projects that enliven the City’s public spaces and engage with the community and includes projects such as public art and temporary contributions to public space.

The City of Adelaide and the Australian Institute of Architects are working together to support the enhancement of public spaces in the city of South Australia as South Australia’s capital.

People’s Choice Award VOTE NOW!

The people of Adelaide have the chance to vote for their favourite entry for the City of Adelaide Prize within the South Australian Institute of Architecture Awards.

The City of Adelaide Prize recognises projects that bring the streets and spaces of Adelaide City alive and make it a great place to live, work and have fun!

This year’s nominees include:

  • 11 Market Street Parklet by Domenico Allegretto Architect
  • Adelaide Parklands Upgrade Park 27B Tulya Wodli by Aspect Studios
  • Lounder’s Boatshed by Mulloway Studio and Adelaide City Council
  • Tidlanga Playspace and Pocket Orchard by City of Adelaide
  • Anzac Centenary Memorial Walk by Grieve Gillett Andersen with Tract Consulting
  • Peter Rabbit by James McIntyre
  • ArtBox by Walter Brooke
  • Colonel Light Centre Green Wall by City of Adelaide with Junglefy and CHEB Art and Design
  • Shopfront Improvement Grant Program: Creating Great Shopfronts by City of Adelaide
  • Australian Fashion Labels Global HQ by Hosking Willis Architecture
  • Rundle Mall Redevelopment by HASSELL

The winner of the People’s Choice Award is the nominee who receives the most votes!

Voting is open until Friday, 12 May 2017. Click here for more information and to vote for your favourite project and you could WIN a copy of THE POOL Architecture, Culture and Identity in Australia.

The winner will be announced at the South Australia Institute of Architects Awards Night on Saturday, 10th June 2017

Entry Period for 2017 City of Adelaide Prize      Now closed.

​Innovative projects that activate and enliven our city are encouraged to nominate for the 2017 City of Adelaide Prize. Entries for the Prize open 5 December 2016 and closes 24 February 2017.

The Prize awards and promotes innovative built projects that celebrate positive human experience in the City of Adelaide and activation of the public realm. The projects can be of any scale and may include buildings, public art installations, landscape works and temporary contributions to public space that actively engage the community and enhance the City’s public spaces.

The Council is working with the SA Institute of Architects to celebrate exceptional urban design as well as a shared vision to create a vibrant city through this Prize. Sponsored by Council, the Prize is a category within the prestigious SA Architectural Awards Program and the Awards Presentation will be held on 10 June 2017.

To be eligible to enter, the project must be located within the City of Adelaide, and have been completed in the past two years. Individual stages or components of projects as well as those undertaken by or for the City of Adelaide, State Government and/or Federal Government are also eligible.

To visit the SA Institute of Architects site for more information and to make a nomination click here

2016 City of Adelaide Prize Nominations

  • Zoos SA Nature's Play Ground (Phillips/Pilkington Architects and WAX Design)
  • The Institute Building (Studio Nine Architects)
  • Pink Moon Saloon (Sans-Arc Studio)
  • Electra House (Studio Nine Architects)
  • TARNANTHI Art Fair Installation (Skein)
  • Ergo Apartments: Plaza, Laneways & Public Art (Tract Consultants & Steven Cybulka)

2016 Winner

The winner of the 2016 City of Adelaide Prize was awarded to Pink Moon Saloon by Sans-Arc Studio.

2016 winner of City of Adelaide Prize, Pink Moon Saloon by Sans-Arc Studio
2016 winner of City of Adelaide Prize, Pink Moon Saloon by Sans-Arc Studio

Jury Award Citation:

Pink Moon Saloon is an inventive and brave concept that re-imagines a former bin laneway to create a refined and carefully considered gem that activates and enhances Leigh Street. The bar is modest in external appearance and yet draws you in to its well-crafted interior, purposefully arranged around an open air central courtyard.

The mood of the space oozes charm and attention to detail, with each moment celebrated to create a joyful experience in the least likely of locations.

Sans-Arc Studio has embraced a modest budget to create an environmentally aware and experimental design, which creates an awareness of the potential for adaptive re-use, and a new sense of the Adelaide laneway culture.

2016 Commendation

The jury also decided to award a commendation for the 2016 City of Adelaide Prize to Zoos SA Nature's Play Ground by Phillips/Pilkington Architects and WAX Design.

Zoos SA Nature's Play Ground by Phillips/Pilkington Architects and WAX Design
Zoos SA Nature's Play Ground by Phillips/Pilkington Architects and WAX Design

Jury Award Citation:

Zoo SA Nature’s Playground is an energetic and rich design that operates beyond the confines of a standard playground, to create a positive and action-packed nature experience for children and adults. The project has converted a remnant corner of the Adelaide Zoo to create a vibrant play space, which has redefined the usability of the Zoo through an inclusive and inventive approach.

The project has a strong sense of its site, establishing a series of activated play areas on the ground plane that connect to a treetop walk providing views of the Zoo and surrounding precinct. The Jury was impressed with the collaboration between the design team and client in creating a unique landscape that will increase both the visitation and enjoyment of an Adelaide icon.

2016 People’s Choice Award Winner

The community were invited to vote on their favourite project entered into this year’s awards.
The winner of the 2015 People’s Choice Award was the nominee who received the most votes. 

The winner as voted by the South Australian public was Zoos SA Nature's Play Ground by Phillips/Pilkington Architects and WAX Design.

 

Former City of Adelaide Prize Winners

The winner of the 2015 City of Adelaide Prize was jointly awarded to Riverbank Bridge by Aurecon, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer + Taylor Cullity Lethlean and the Adelaide Oval Redevelopment by Cox Architecture, Walter Brooke + Hames Sharley.

Riverbank Bridge

Adelaide Oval Redevelopment

Jury Award Citation:

A roo has a tail. Or does the tail have the roo? All we know is that the roo doesn’t go far without its tail.

So, too, with this year’s City of Adelaide Prize.

But first some analysis... Of the 7 projects submitted, the best were great collaborations between Architects, Landscape Architects, Engineers-who-stretch-themselves, Artists and Interpretive Designers. It was wonderful to see materials deployed that attempted to reflect their Place, to age gracefully within it.

A hallmark of the most urbanely engaging projects was an eye to an ecological viewpoint, almost a Kaurna way of thinking. These projects didn’t just consider a site statically, confining it to its fences, or boundaries; rather they held a sense of ‘moving through Country’. And moving in compelling ways, new ways, not in a straight line. Yes, there is evidence that Adelaide is thinking spiritually. There is evidence that Adelaide is falling in love with itself!

But there can be only 1 winner – or is that 2?

Anyhow the Prize goes to the Adelaide Oval Redevelopment – and the Riverbank Bridge – or should that be the Riverbank Bridge and the Adelaide Oval Redevelopment?

Long may they enable us to party harder on Karrawirra Parri – and, importantly, beyond!

2015 People's Choice Winner

Princess Elizabeth Playground

The community were invited to vote on their favourite project entered into this year’s awards.

The winner of the 2015 People’s Choice Award was the nominee who received the most votes.  The winner as voted by the South Australian public was Princess Elizabeth Playground by City of Adelaide.

Past Winners

2014 Winner

Café Troppo

Image of Troppo cafe on Whitmore Square

The winner of the 2014 City of Adelaide Prize is Café Troppo by Troppo Architects. 

With only 30m2 for inside-seating, Café Troppo achieves much from its tiny footprint. It projects itself to the street-edge, tripling internal capacity through broadly-opening faces and blinds and screens that, in all seasons, create a sense of a contiguous ‘Outdoor Room’.

2014 People's Choice Award Winner

Foods For Life ParkletImage of Parklet in front of Foods for Life store on Gawler Place

The community were invited to vote on their favourite project entered into this year’s awards.

The winner of the 2014 People’s Choice Award was the nominee who received the most votes. The winner as voted by the South Australian public was Foods for Life Parklet by Troppo.

Not only was this a pilot project for ACC, but the fact the clients had just taken on the business in the last year and were still finding their feet added to the excitement.

2013 Winner

Bonython Park Upgrade

The 2013 winner of the City of Adelaide Prize was Bonython Park Upgrade by WAX Design Pty Ltd and Ric Mcconaghy.

2013 People Choice Award

The winner of the 2013 People’s Choice Award was The Depot by Grieve Gillett Pty Ltd.

2015 South Australian Architecture Awards

South Australian Architecture Awards is run by the SA Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects.

The State Awards are part of an integrated, hierarchical National Architecture Awards Program and provide public and peer recognition of South Australian architectural work, as well as providing a valuable mechanism to showcase local architects and architecture across Australia and abroad.

Links

Australian Institute of Architects
Design Institute of Australia
Planning Institute of Australia
Engineers Australia
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

The City of Adelaide Prize was established in 1997 and is supported by the Australian Institute of Architects and City of Adelaide.

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