National Award for Public Architecture 2022


Jury citation

Walsh’s Bay Arts Precinct makes a significant contribution by bringing Sydney’s cultural and artistic communities together in one of the city’s icons: the Quays. Masterfully crafted, respectful of its heritage and pedigree, and richly detailed, this project is transformative for a number of Sydney’s most important institutions as well as the public.

Highly resolved, technically challenging and culturally inclusive, the excellence of the project lies in a design response that facilitates performance, acoustic separation and visitor flow – all within a heritage envelope. The comfortable and evocative journey along the inner perimeter leaves you in no doubt as to where you are, with views and vistas capturing the city and its intrinsic relationship with water and port.

– Walsh Bay Arts Precinct was reviewed by David Welsh in Architecture Australia September/October 2022. Read the review here.

Project credits

Architect Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects; group project Peter Tonkin, Julie Mackenzie, Grant Sandler, Dmitry Troyanovsky, Jeremy Hughes, Anton Van den Berg, Heather Cappie-Wood, Sophie Hutchinson, Alison Osborne, Kevin Lee, Regina Meyer, Nazia Kachwalla, Wolfgang Ripberger, Sujata Bajracharya, Matilda Watson, Alessandro Belgiorno-Nettis, Bethany Sullivan, Todd Solman, Roger O’Sullivan, Brian Zulaikha; Builder Richard Crookes Constructions; Project delivery NSW infrastructure; Wealth Advisor Tropman and Tropman Architects; Structural and façade engineer, civil consultant Taylor Thomson Whitting; Fire Engineer, ESD, Acoustic Design and Engineering, Building Services Engineer, Theater and AV Consultant, Marine Consultant Arup; Planner MG Planning, GTK Consulting; Acoustic consultant accessibility solutions; BCA consultant and certifier Blackett Maguire and Goldsmith; kitchen consultant Sangster Design Group; Outdoor signage and wayfinding Minale Tattersfield; Interior signage and wayfinding CC Williams for TZG signaling; Traffic engineer Stantec (formerly GTA); Aboriginal and historical archaeologist RCMP marine archaeologist archeology of the cosmos; marine ecology Jacobs; Master plan smart bates

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct is located in Walsh Bay, New South Wales, on the lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation.


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