Phoenix Central Park has received three impressive accolades taking out the NSW Architecture Medallion, Sir Arthur G. Stephenson Award for Commercial Architecture and John Verge Award for Interior Architecture. It is an excellent recognition of the hard work and innovative results produced by the team in delivering this unique and challenging project.
As the judges commented, “Having been given an open invitation to design something exceptional, the architects have joined forces to seamlessly intersect design with the visual and performing arts. The single yet multifaceted and dynamic project creates an immersive experience for those inside while being a striking architectural marker on the outside,” said chair of juries Peter Poulet.
This unique facility created many demands on the engineering such as numerous curved off-form concrete walls and soffits, double cantilevered slabs, a large atrium with one of the galleries hanging from the slab above, complex load paths for lateral and vertical forces, bespoke curved masonry façade, and an elegant timber dome constructed within the performance space.
“There are few buildings that have had the commitment and vision of a client such as Judith Neilson, to produce a spectacular facility with quality as a primary goal. It has been a privilege to be involved.” Rob Mackellar, Managing Director, TTW
Phoenix is a canvas for an open and changing art collection, music and yet to be conceived performance art. The result is a spectacular building.
“Assured, sculptural architecture always belies the incredible effort undertaken to achieve the vision. The mainstay of great buildings remains in the partnership between the architects and the structural engineers. In TTW, Durbach Block Jaggers and John Wardle Architects found an ally whose skills enabled the success of this amazing, once in a lifetime project. TTW’s ability to solve the complexities of this dynamic building was second to none, and the results bear this out.” Simon Stead, Architect, Durbach Block Jaggers