The Parklands Project adds to its growing list of accolades, securing the prestigious Karl Langer Award for Urban Design at the 2018 Queensland Architecture Awards on 8 June.
The Queensland Architecture Awards are organised by the Australian Institute of Architects, and recognise the best the State has to offer in the field of architecture and design. Projects are assessed on a range of core criteria, including conceptual framework, public and cultural benefit, relationship of built form to context, sustainability, and response to client and user needs. In particular, the 2018 Awards recognised projects that responded to the unique challenges and opportunities presented by the Queensland landscape.
The Karl Langer Award for Urban Design is awarded to projects that enhance the quality of the built environment or public domain, or which contribute to the well-being of the broader community. Fresh from a highly successful tenure as the Athlete’s Village for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Parklands has now entered legacy mode, where it will be transformed into an active and vibrant urban precinct for living, working and learning. In making the award, the jury complimented Parklands’ long-term focus on urban connectivity and the design’s skillful anticipation of future community needs beyond the Commonwealth Games. The jury also highlighted the importance of Parklands as a critical link between the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct and the wider community, and praised the the complexity of the project’s program, its pedestrian-oriented streetscapes, and playful aesthetic.
As the recipient of a Named Award, the Parklands Project is automatically qualified into the 2018 National Architecture Awards, held on 1 November.