Dutton Plaza commended in architect awards
Published Friday, 7th July 2017
Cabramatta’s Dutton Plaza has received a ringing endorsement from Australia’s peak body for architects.
The Council-owned building was runner-up in its category at the 2017 NSW Architecture Awards, which were held in Sydney on Saturday night.
After making the shortlist, Dutton Plaza was recognised by the judges and commended in the Urban Design section of the awards for “work most worthy of recognition in NSW from those projects meeting the conditions of the Australian Institute of Architects”.
The Judges said they were particularly impressed with:
- The connectivity the Plaza brought to the surrounding buildings and area;
- The building fabric, particularly the thought process behind the selection of the colour and screen pattern for the façade;
- The fold-up doors integrating the retail space to the outdoor;
- The transformation of the old car park and its inherit traffic and vehicular problems, and
- The fact that Council took an entrepreneurial role to build and retain the asset as an investment for the community to benefit.
Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said the commendation was a great result.
“Dutton Plaza is Council’s first foray into a retail development,” Mayor Carbone said. “To be recognised in this manner is a tribute to all involved.”
The Australian Institute of Architects is the peak body for the architectural profession in Australia, representing 11,000 members. The Institute works to improve our built environment by promoting quality, responsible, sustainable design.
Dutton Plaza is also in the running for two Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Awards - for Retail Development and Mix Use Development. These will be announced on 4 August 2017.
“The first round of judges visited the site a few weeks ago and we got a good feeling from them,” Mayor Carbone said. “The second round of judges’ visits to the site is on Friday 7 July.
“Hopefully we will go one step better and be able to accept the top prize on 4 August.”
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