2018 National Architecture Awards: National Award for Public Architecture

Joynton Avenue Creative Centre by Peter Stutchbury Architecture for City of Sydney Public Architecture: National Award Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

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.


Peter Stutchbury Architecture
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Project Team
Peter Stutchbury Architecture: Peter Stutchbury, Belinda Koopman (design architects), Ava Shirley, Luke Pigliacampo (project architects), Emma Trask Ward (project consultant), Eleri Smith, Stefano Manuelli (senior designers),Helen MacKay (admin assistant), Design 5 – Architects: Alan Croker (conservation director), Robert Gasparini (conservation architect)
Design 5 - Architects
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Acoustic consultant Acoustic Studio
BCA and access consultant Peter J Boyce and Associates
Builder Lahey Constructions
ESD Flux Consultants
Engineer and civil consultant van der Meer Consulting
Hydraulic consultant JCL Hydraulics
Kitchen consultant The Mack Group
Landscape consultant Sprout Landscape Architecture, CAB Consulting
Section J consultant Application Solutions
Services, electrical, mechanical and lighting consultant Steensen Varming
Town planner Longitude Planning
Waste management consultant Foresight Environmental
Site details
Location Sydney,  NSW,  Australia
Site type Urban
Category Commercial / public buildings
Type Heritage, Public / civic
Project Details
Status Built
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