BVN Architecture’s new addition to the Ravenswood School for Girls (Gordon) has taken top honours at this year’s NSW Architecture Awards, receiving the coveted Sir John Sulman Medal for Public Architecture.
The Mabel Fidler Building was awarded the state’s most prestigious architecture honour for its exemplar advances in the relationship between education environments and contemporary learning.
‘In its elegant planning, the sheer delight of the library space, and strong sculptural presence – the Mabel Fidler Building expresses the aspirations of a community and is a fine model for a school of the future,’ the jury noted.
The Medal (which this year celebrated its 80th anniversary) was presented at the Australian Institute of Architects 2012 NSW Architecture Awards, held at the iconic Sydney landmark Luna Park on Thursday 28 June, along with another 30 Awards, 7 Prizes and 9 Commendations recognising the best in New South Wales architecture.
173 entries were received this year from across the state – from Coffs Harbour to Wollongong. Winners of the Named Awards and Architecture Awards will now progress to the National Architecture Awards to be held in Perth on Friday 1 November.
BVN Architecture was also awarded the Lloyd Rees Award for Urban Design for their ‘intelligent and thoughtful approach’ to the new Taronga Zoo Upper Entry Precinct which ‘both respects and enriches the precinct and enhances the Zoo as an asset for the local community and Sydneysiders alike’.
1 Bligh Street, Sydney by architectus + ingenhoven architects was the other big winner on the night, awarded both the Sir Arthur G. Stephenson Award for Commercial Architecture and the Milo Dunphy Award for Sustainable Architecture, along with an Architecture Award for Urban Design.
For more information see the Australian Institute of Architecture.