The Think Brick Awards is Australia’s richest design awards, showcasing the nation’s most inspiring and contemporary brick architecture and design in the built environment.
2016 marks a decade of the think Brick Awards, with a record 330 entries over five categories.
This year, Kensington Street was awarded the Bruce Mackenzie Landscape Award. This award is given to a project that best demonstrates innovation in the use of clay brick, concrete masonry and roof tiles in the landscape. Kensington Street took the gong over 50 entries in this category.
Turf Design Studio and Jeppe Aagaard Andersen collaborated with Bowral Bricks to reformat the standard Hamlet brick into what is now the Ophelia range of bricks; suitable for vehicular traffic and commercial applications. This design collaboration was key in unifying the public domain with the built elements along Kensington Street.
In this new, shared laneway of restaurants, cafés and creative retailers, the urban floor needed to be robust, yet fine-grained like its surrounding built form of resurrected workers cottages, terraces and warehouses.
“Kensington Street is a true urban project. The big idea is it takes a single material and uses it to pull together what is a very eclectic mix of buildings into a singular, well-defined precinct…subtle shifts in the detailing and pattern of a single material to reinforce and define those separate spaces.” says Guy Lake, Bates Smart Director and Think Brick Judge.
This is Kensington Street’s fourth design accolade for this year, after receiving ‘Best Overall’ and ‘Urban Design and Public Spaces’ in Architectural Design at the Good Design Awards.
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