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Urban Design Award – Private Project: ENVI Micro Urban Village, submitted by Bubble Up and degenhartSHEDD

Gold Coast urban design a winner at this year’s awards

Natalie O'Driscoll | October 2020

Meet the winners of the 2020 Gold Coast Urban Design Awards.

Celebrating excellence in urban design throughout the city, the Gold Coast Urban Design Awards, now in its 23rd year, has just announced all the winners for its 2020 event.

Encompassing both private and public projects, residential and commercial spaces, The Awards celebrate the best of the Gold Coast’s built environment, and have become the City’s most prestigious platform for recognition of design, liveability and sustainability.

Entries for this year’s Awards opened in July and saw a range of innovative, sustainable and striking designs compete for the top prizes.

The jury, a selection panel comprised of industry experts from the fields of architecture, planning, landscape architecture and construction, sifted through a field of exceptional talent in order to designate the 2020 winners as per below:

  • Award for Urban Design Leadership: Amy Degenhart
  • Excellence in Urban Design Award: Kurrawa Terrace Event Space, submitted by 8la Architects
  • Urban Design Award – Private Project: ENVI Micro Urban Village, submitted by Bubble Up and degenhartSHEDD
  • Urban Design Award – Public Project: Kurrawa Terrace Event Space, submitted by 8la Architects
  • Urban Design Award – Adaptive Reuse Project: The Residences, submitted by CoSpaces and Space Cubed
  • Urban Design Award – Unbuilt Project: The Spit Master Plan, submitted by Deicke Richards
  • Urban Design Commendations – Public Project: HOTA Green Bridge, submitted by ARM, Archipelago, Cusp, Topotek1
  • Urban Design Commendations – Private Project: North Residences, submitted by bureau^proberts
  • Urban Design Commendations – Private Project: Somerset College, submitted by DBI
  • Urban Design Commendations – Adaptive Reuse Project: Gold Coast Water Walls 2019, submitted by Art-Work Agency
  • Urban Design Commendations – Unbuilt Project: Coolangatta and Kirra Business Centre Place Based Master Plan, submitted by City Place Making, City of Gold Coast
  • Gold Coast Urban Design Awards 2020 entries:
    – Salacia Waters Stage 1, submitted by EJE Architecture
    – The Surrounds Leisure Centre, submitted by BDA and Villawood Properties
    – 77 Jefferson, submitted by bureau^proberts
    – Broadbeach Entry Sign, submitted by City Place Making, City of Gold Coast
    – Place Studies for Palm Beach and Kirra (Unbuilt Category), submitted by 8la Landscape

Jury Chair Michael Lavery, of multi award-winning firm m3architecture, says the quality of this year’s entries indicate that the Gold Coast is showing urban design leadership at a national level.

He says this is particularly true in key areas such as finding innovative ways to increase density in established suburbs, and sensitive and adaptable public realm projects.

“[It is] also pleasing that the main protagonists and authors of this work are themselves Gold Coast based,” says Michael.  “This is the result of a number of factors: The selection and application of talented people to the task, and the benefits of a City Architects Office in combination with a forward-thinking Council who in recent years has been committed to improving the Gold Coast’s public realm.”

Winner of the Award for Urban Design Leadership, Amy Degenhart, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and a director of three companies: her consultancy practice degenhartSHEDD architecture + urban design, as well as Urban Pure and Bubbl Up, the latter two serving as delivery mechanisms for her innovative and affordable housing visions, including award-winning ENVI Micro Urban Village.

Of their decision, the Jury said that Amy had been a “tireless advocate for ‘missing middle’ and affordable housing typologies”, with projects that were “an outstanding example to the wider community on how good design can overcome any pre-conceived biases against higher density and/or affordable small lot development projects.”

Amy’s motivation comes from a genuine appreciation for housing security, born from the stress of a lifetime of annual moves.

“Housing has always been precious to me,” she says. “[I have a] passion for designing innovative and affordable forms of housing that build not just homes, but lives.

“It is my hope that the ENVI story will be just the first chapter of a longer novel, creating a typology for other innovators to interrogate and improve.”

Michael Lavery believes this will definitely be the case for the Gold Coast.

“Based on the evidence presented in this year’s awards, if the trajectory and commitment continues, the Gold Coast’s urban future and the quality of public space is assured,” he says.

“For one of Australia’s fastest growing cities and for the multitudes who live and visit, we need this to happen.”

The Gold Coast Urban Design Awards is funded by the City of Gold Coast and delivered with support from Australian Institute of Architects, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and Planning Institute Australia. For more information, visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/urbandesignawards

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