SA Architecture Awards 2012
By Jon Lowe Jul 9th 2012 9:00am
At the South Australian Architecture Awards on Saturday night Greenway won the top award in the Multiple Housing category, the Newell Platten Award. Here's what the judges had to say:
‘Located in the Torrens Valley the sustainable enclave of Lochiel Park has a sense of village. Phillips/Pilkington, author of the schematic design was engaged to deliver a development of 23 dwellings which provided a mix of ‘to market' affordable housing and affordable rental. Due to the client department's processes the project was taken on by Greenway Architects who followed through on the initial concept adding layers of thought as the design process evolved.
The urban design approach to the Affordable Housing Group creates a Babushka-like village within a village. The well-considered layout of this semi-private space is critical to developing a sense of community.
The architectural language has funk.The forms and volumes have gusto and are made from a palette of simple, skillfully handled materials. The sustainable initiatives are celebrated within this 7.5 star development (average rating) - the PV cells are mounted on a popped up roof section and the ventilation stacks are expressed boldly and lead the eye to the stair enclosures.
This development is thoughtfully conceived and realizes a bold design and a series of pleasant spaces without a whisper of ‘Social Housing.'
Greenway are rightly proud of this achievement and the team that worked on the project. It proves that sustainability, good design and a sense of community can easily co-locate to form a familiar and engaging environment. Congratulations to our consultants CPR, SECON, Sonus, Oxigen, RLB, and the Project Managers at Housing SA (now DCSI).
Read more about the Architecture Awards at Place Magazine.