Kensington Street

Kensington Street wins Bruce Mackenzie Landscape Award at the 2016 Good Design Awards

Sydney’s newly transformed lifestyle precinct, Kensington Street in Sydney’s Chippendale has won 2016 Good Design Awards’ for ‘Best Overall’ and ‘Urban Design and Public Spaces’ in Architectural Design.

One of the longest standing and most prestigious design awards in the world, promoting excellence in design and innovation since 1958, the annual Good Design Awards program recognises and rewards excellence in design, innovation and creativity at a national and international level. Its mission is to showcase superior examples of good design across a broad range of industries and design disciplines.

Once an abandoned back alley to the former Carlton and United Brewery – Kensington Street is now alive with the comings and goings of people. It is the vision of Greencliff Executive Chairman Dr Stanley Quek, first defined in Central Park’s 2007 public domain plan and further advanced by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and Turf Design Studio in collaboration with Jeppe Aagaard Andersen. The street offered immense possibilities – a 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.

“When Greencliff purchased Kensington Street’s historic workers’ cottages and warehouses, our vision was to reactivate the heritage buildings along the street and redevelop them for contemporary food, lifestyle, artistic and commercial endeavours,” Dr Quek said.

“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”.

Turf Design Studio’s Mike Horne stated, “Revitalising one of Sydney’s oldest streets into a vibrant new public place that contributes to the evolving street typology of the city has certainly been a career highlight for myself and my team.”

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.

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.

Please see Think Brick’s story on Kensington Street: 2016 Think Brick Awards

“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.”

Guy Lake, Bates Smart Director and Think Brick Judge.