Joynton Avenue Creative Centre by Peter Stutchbury Architecture for City of Sydney
Public Architecture: National Award
Australian Institute of Architects
Joynton Avenue Creative Centre and Precinct continues the ongoing investment by the City of Sydney in well-placed and fine-grained strategic urban interventions. Joynton Avenue is very bold – it provides a new template for how we make public spaces in our cities. Its open space is activated by affordable housing and is flanked by two structures configured for public use as meeting and makers’ hubs.
The project adaptively re-uses the old nurses’ quarters of the former South Sydney Hospital through the addition of a vaulted verandah structure. The vaulting reinforces the project’s focus as an intimate public gathering space and has a plethora of playful details that celebrate the functional aspects of a roof in providing shade and weather protection. This comfortable roofed space, domestic in feel, overlooks a beautiful and completely unprogrammed green lawn. Bookending this space is a twisted parasol-roofed shed for a makers’ group. It is also a clever and inventive building, with colourful translucent roofing and fine detailing of timber structure and screen elements.
As many Australian cities face the onslaught of mega infrastructure projects, Joynton Avenue establishes a refreshing alternative of community-focused soft infrastructure. Joynton Avenue is clearly a place for people and it confidently celebrates this through its rich, multi-layered, intimately scaled spaces, setting itself as an exemplar for other cities.
For more coverage, read Laura Harding’s project review from Architecture Australia Sept/Oct 2018.