Council projects win global architecture awards

An upgraded wharf in rural Victoria, two community entertainment buildings, and a library in Sydney’s inner south are among the Australian projects that have shared in the 2019 International Architecture Awards.

The prize from the 2019 Chicago Athenaeum/European Design for Architecture Art and Urban Design Studies, is the oldest annual public celebration of global architecture and this year featured entries from 41 countries.

The $2m Koondrook Wharf in Victoria’s Gannawarra Shire shared in the Urban Planning/Landscape Architecture title.

Opened in 2016, it was designed by architects Terroir, and celebrates the town’s links to the Murray River and paddle steamer industry.

“The Koondrook Wharf project continues to put the Gannawarra on the map nationally and globally,” Gannawarra Shire Mayor Lorraine Learmonth said.

The Riverlink precinct in central Maitland in the NSW Hunter Valley, was one of two winners of the Civic and Community Centres category. Built beside the Hunter River, Riverlink was designed by CHROFI.

Bunjil Place, a multipurpose arts, civic and community centre in Melbourne’s City of Casey Council was a winner in the community and public centres category. The building was designed by Fjmt architects.

City of Sydney’s Green Square public plaza and library, which was designed by architects Stewart Hollenstein with Stewart Architecture, shared in the award’s libraries category.