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 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 Adelaide City Council 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.

2019 City of Adelaide Prize nominations

The following are the short-listed finalists for the 2019 City of Adelaide Prize.

  • Rundle Mall Plaza by Hames Sharley
  • The Art of Christmas by Renewal SA
  • Adelaide Central Market Federal Hall Façade Conservation by Flightpath Architects
  • St Mary’s Corner by Grieve Gillett Andersen
  • Adelaide Botanic High School by Cox Architecture and DesignInc
  • Pelzer Park/Pityarilla (Park 19) Activity Hub by ASPECT Studios with City of Adelaide and The Office for Design and Architecture SA
  • Karen Rolton Oval at Narnungga (Park 25) by Cox Architecture

2019 City of Adelaide Prize winner

The winner of the 2019 City of Adelaide Prize was awarded to Karen Rolton Oval at Narnungga (Park 25) by Cox Architects.

    Karen Rolton Oval at Narnungga Park 25

    Karen Rolton Oval has set a new benchmark for recreational and community development in the Park Lands. The built form and function of the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA)-run facility actively seeks to create a sense of engagement through the architecture and urban design responses of the building. Although sports focused and limited by the specific commercial requirements the design delivers significant community value.

    The architecture of the building is striking and bold, at the same time the design and material selection is sympathetic and responsive to its surroundings. The external spaces of the building are always accessible, providing an elegant, much-needed rest spot in the northwest Park Lands. The refined functionality of the stepped terrace and upper-level balcony offers visitors a multitude of seating and viewing points around the building, providing new community spaces from which to experience the Park Lands.

    Compared to the previous facilities at Park 25, this project has a reduced building footprint on the Park Lands while increasing operational areas and community space through a well-designed consolidation of built form.

    The design and utilisation of Karen Rolton Oval has changed the way SACA interact with the recreational community of Adelaide as well as other sporting communities across the state. The project raises expectations and encourages the community to re-engage with the Park Lands through carefully considered architectural and urban design responses that reinvigorate, activate and delight

    2019 Commendations

    The jury also decided to award a commendation for the 2019 City of Adelaide Prize to Pelzer Park/Pityarilla (Park 19) Activity Hub by ASPECT Studios with City of Adelaide and The Office for Design and Architecture SA

      Pelzer Park Pityarilla Park 19 Activity Hub

      Pelzer Park/ Pityarilla (Park 19) is an exemplary community destination in the southern Park Lands providing a unique variety of recreation and play opportunities that encourage exploration, social interaction, imagination and fun. The Hub fosters a sense of connectivity to the city with pedestrian and cycle links and access to public transport, enabling a wide range of visitors to use the Park. The Hub reflects the spirit of the Adelaide Prize, by integrating the Park’s heritage and culture to create a vibrant and inspiring multi-use destination in the Park Lands for all to enjoy.

      2019 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 2019 People’s Choice Award was the nominee who received the most votes.

      The winner as voted by the South Australian public was St Mary’s Corner by Grieve Gillett Andersen.

        St Marys Corner by Grieve Gillett Andersen

        About the City of Adelaide Prize

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

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

        Established in 1997, the prize recognises innovative build projects that enliven the city’s public spaces and engage with the community. It includes projects such as landscape works, public art and temporary contributions to public space. The City of Adelaide and the Australian Institute of Architects work together to support the enhancement of public spaces in the city as South Australia’s capital. Best of all: entry is free.

        People’s Choice

        In addition to the City of Adelaide Prize, there is also a City of Adelaide People’s Choice award.

        Once nominations close, finalists are announced. Members of the public (that’s you!) can vote for their favourite entry. The winner of the People’s Choice Award is the nominee who receives the most votes!

        The winners of the City of Adelaide Prize and People’s Choice Award are announced each year at the annual South Australian Architecture Awards presentation dinner.

        To be eligible to enter, the project must display innovation and excellence in enhancing the public realm of the city. It must be located within the City of Adelaide (Adelaide and North Adelaide) and have been completed in the past two years.

        Potential entries may include:

        • buildings
        • landscape works
        • public art installations
        • performance spaces
        • any other built projects that enhance public experience.

        Individual stages or components of projects are also eligible for entry as are projects undertaken by or for the City of Adelaide, State Government and/or Federal Government.

        Projects will be assessed against the following criteria:

        Social

        • enhances the public experience of the City
        • activates and enlivens public space
        • user friendly and creates a positive experience
        • offers equity and community benefits (particularly to disadvantaged groups)

        Environmental

        • environmentally sustainable
        • retains/re-uses heritage fabric
        • enhances water quality, ecological systems and biodiversity

        Economic

        • contributes to the economic growth of the City
        • enhances tourism opportunities and experiences
        • timely delivery
        • quality for cost (including lifecycle considerations)

        Design process

        • exhibits innovation and creativity in design
        • demonstrates collaboration between professionals
        • engages the community

        City of Adelaide past prize winners gallery

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