NewActon Precinct: Recipient of Six AIAACT Architecture Awards

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    NewActon Precinct: Recipient of Six AIAACT Architecture Awards
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20 June 2015

NewActon Precinct: Recipient of Six AIAACT Architecture Awards


NewActon Nishi
Photo: John Gollings

The NewActon Precinct by Fender Katsalidis Architects has taken home an extraordinary six honours at the Australian Institute of Architects ACT Architecture Awards.

The Canberra precinct was awarded the Chapter’s highest accolade, the Canberra Medallion, in addition to awards across Heritage, Interior Architecture, Sustainable Architecture, Urban Design and Art, making it the most awarded project of the night.

Over ten years in the making, NewActon was lauded by the jury for turning an ‘underdeveloped part of the city into a vibrant hub’.

“The design and creation of a highly successful, completely new urban community, over a relatively short period of time, is a rare event in a city. The NewActon Precinct is an outstanding example of strategic urban planning and design where a developer and a wide-ranging team of designers have collaborated to get it right”, the jury said.

“As a ‘made’ yet ‘real’ and organically evolving urban community it makes an exceptional gift to the future of a city often maligned for planned sterility.”

NewActon Nishi, the Precinct’s latest addition, was honoured with the Award for Sustainable Architecture.

“The sustainability practices of this building operate on numerous levels to reduce energy consumption while simultaneously improving occupant comfort”, the jury said.

“Although not driven by a rating tool, the design achieved a 6 star GBCA rating when assessed after construction. In Nishi, Fender Katsalidis Architects together with their client the Molonglo Group can rightly claim one of Australia’s most sustainable commercial buildings”.

The Award for Heritage was given to the NewActon Pavilions. The jury noted that “the architects have taken a key historical piece of Canberra’s urban fabric and breathed new life into it while maintaining its original strong elemental presence and form”.

This latest suite of awards tops off a stellar record for the NewActon Precinct,which now has a total of 22 industry awards to its name.

2015 AIA ACT Awards for the NewActon Precinct:

  • Canberra Medallion - NewActon Precinct
  • Sir John Overall Award for Urban Design - NewActon Precinct
  • Interior Architecture Award - NewActon Pavilion Reconstruction , Molonglo Group Offices
  • Heritage Architecture Award - NewActon Pavilion Reconstruction
  • Sustainable Architecture Award - NewActon Nishi Commercial
  • Art in Architecture Award - NewActon Precinct

Arney Fender Katsalidis trade as Fender Katsalidis from their Melbourne base and Fender Katsalidis Mirams from Sydney.