City of Adelaide Prize

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

The City of Adelaide Prize recognises innovative 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 have been working together over the years to support the enhancement of public spaces in the city of Adelaide as South Australia’s capital.

2022 City of Adelaide Prize Nominations

  • Lot Fourteen Canopy by Tridente Boyce
  • Adelaide Railways Station Entry by ARM Architecture
  • Adelaide Festival Pavilion by CO-AP
  • Bice Building Refurbishment by Baukultur
  • JamFactory Tarnanthi Exhibition 2021 by Grieve Gillett Andersen
  • The Foundry by Architects Ink
  • Fugazzi by Studio Gram
  • Australian Space Discovery Centre by JPE Design Studio
  • Restaurant Botanic by Williams Burton Leopardi

2022 Winner

The winner of the 2022 City of Adelaide Prize was awarded Adelaide Railway Station Entry by ARM Architecture.


Jury Award Citation:

Complex, rhythmic, generous in scale, and fun — this urban plaza and throughway project is already loved by Adelaideans and visitors alike. The vaulted spaces, textured surfaces and soft earthy glow of the coloured glass are evocative, sensory and provide visual delight — drawing you through to the unseen river beyond.

A once forgotten and neglected end to the Station Concourse, this project reinstates a significant urban pedestrian connection back to the river and celebrates the stories of this precinct in the heart of the City. Geological, artistic and architectural references abound for those who like to play those games, but delightful and memorable moments are on offer for all during passage through the precinct—on strolls to the theatre, the river, amongst the heaving match crowds on game days at the Oval, or on your rush back to the Station.

Honouring the framework of the earlier Masterplan, the new station concourse successfully navigates a vast array of structural, access and services complexities. By cleverly dodging and using them together with stories, materials and patterns from adjacent places and past histories, ARM Architecture has crafted a new space and place that is unique, experiential and feels like it belongs.

2022 Commendations

The Jury also decided to award 2 commendations for the 2021 City of Adelaide Prize to Adelaide Festival Pavilion by CO-AP and The Foundry by Architects Ink.

Festival Pavilion by CO-AP Architects

Festival Pavilion by CO AP Architects

Jury Award Citation:

Nestled elegantly in a complex space, CO-AP’s Adelaide Festival Pavilion delivers a thoughtful and well considered response to the City’s Riverbank Precinct. A beacon that doesn't shout, the understated temporary structure enlivens the Park and riverside during the Festival season. It is also an egalitarian insertion that sits comfortably amongst the river, theatres, rotunda and the nearby oval. It can be seen from all sides—far and near, day and night—it’s reusable and has a minimal footprint. A fine performance indeed.

The Foundry by Architects Ink

The Foundry by Architects Ink

Jury Award Citation:

The Foundry project makes a significant social contribution to the City through its youth programming, which is supported by the welcoming design. The jury were impressed with the collaborative process between client, architect, user groups and artists in delivering this community space.

The revitalised semi-industrial building provides a fresh, light-filled and sympathetic environment through carefully crafted internal spaces. The understated garden courtyard invites visitors in from the street through to the various supporting facilities—an open shop/kitchen, laundry, youth support and various training programs are housed within.

2022 People’s Choice Award Winner

The community were invited to vote on their favourite project entered in this year’s awards. The winner of the 2022 People’s Choice Award was the nominee who received the most votes.

The winner as voted by the South Australian public was Adelaide Railway Station Entry by ARM Architecture.


Former City of Adelaide Prize Winners

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