Turf Design Studio receives 2016 Design Awards

Ethan Rohloff Photography

Turf Design Studio has had an exciting year taking out the winner of 2016 Good Design Awards for ‘Best Overall’ and ‘Urban Design and Public Spaces’ in Architectural Design for Kensington Street, and the 2016 MAAS Award (Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Award which is selected across categories of the Good Design Awards entries) for the Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project.

Turf has also designed Central Park – Public Domain Design, North West Rail Link, South West Rail Link Corridor, and Barangaroo, to name a few of their most outstanding and notorious projects.

Since 1992, the The Museum of Applied Arts and Science, MAAS Design Award has recognised the role of design in harnessing the challenges of science and technology.

Photo by Sara Reilly

Photo by Sara Reilly

Director of MAAS, Dolla Merrillees said,

“We have selected a ground breaking project which highlights important contemporary issues such as sustainability and social innovation, and addresses the increasingly critical issue of our natural resources. This community-focused project illustrates how Australian designers are successfully responding to ‘real world’ problems, by planning our future cities and urban environment with a sense of social responsibility and purpose.”

Simon Wood Photography

Simon Wood Photography

Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project is a seamless intersection of design, art, science and ecology, an outcome achieved by the collaboration landscape architects Turf Design Studio and Environmental Partnership (TDEP), Alluvium (water and environment), Dragonfly Environmental (ecology) and Turpin + Crawford Studio (public art).

Director for the project Mike Horne stated, “It’s a huge endorsement for the project teams’ collaborative effort and combined design vision to create a significant piece of environmental and community infrastructure on one of Sydney’s oldest post-industrial wastelands.”

Photgraphy by Instagrammer 'framedbychris'

Photgraphy by Instagrammer ‘framedbychris’

The project tells a story about water; through its function and processes that enables water to be harvested in its wetlands, made good and returned to viable use within the park and nearby industry. Bio-retention wetlands captures water from the Newtown catchment; the equivalent measure of 850 million litres per year. Making these water flows and reuse processes visible was an important part of the project, as they highlight the intrinsic relationship between water and urban life, topography, people, plant life and fauna.

Ethan Rohloff Photography

Ethan Rohloff Photography

The project reinterprets conventional park design, by creating intrigue and dialogue as park users explore and discover ‘moments’ in the landscape that can be at times playful, dramatic and peaceful, but at all times connected to the water narrative of capture, movement, and cleansing. The transformation not only offers inner city residents and the wider community a new place to relax, play and gather in, but it educates on the importance of water management and how improving water quality and reducing potable water can be intrinsically linked into our natural surroundings.

Turf Design Studio is also the winner of 2016 Good Design Awards’ for ‘Best Overall’ and ‘Urban Design and Public Spaces’ in Architectural Design for their redesign of the Kensington Lane district. The once abandoned back alley to the former Carlton and United Brewery has now come to life through the vision of Greencliff Executive Chairman Dr Stanley Quek, who defined Central Park’s 2007 public domain plan and was further advanced by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and Turf Design Studio in collaboration with Jeppe Aagaard Andersen.

Kensington Lane Block. Photo, Simon Wood

Kensington Lane Block. Photo, Simon Wood

The street offered immense possibilities.  The built fabric comprised of some of Sydney’s oldest workers cottages, terraces and warehouses.

Dr Stanley Quek said receiving this prestigious award was a reflection of the project’s highly innovative design and carefully executed heritage adaptive reuse strategy.

Spice Alley. Photo by Wilhelm Tan

Spice Alley. Photo by Wilhelm Tan

“Almost one year since launching to the public, Kensington Street is a hive of activity, buzzing from the early morning until late at night with people of all ages and backgrounds exploring the street’s dining and cultural offerings”.