The Parklands Project (Archipelago + Arkhefield + ARM Architecture for Grocon) has been awarded the 2018 Minister’s Award for Urban Design, with jury chair and Queensland Government Architect Malcolm Middleton praising the outcome as a ‘microcosm of sustainable urban living’.
Archipelago director Peter Edwards says:
‘We first started working on the Parklands site in 2010 when we authored the original Games Bid Master Plan. For Archipelago, the 2018 Minister’s Award represents the culmination of over eight years of sustained effort, not the least of which is the detailed design and delivery of the Parklands Project for Grocon, with our joint venture partners ARM and Arkhefield.’
The jury noted the skillful dual design of the Parklands urban renewal project, as the site transitions from a world-class Athletes Village to a vibrant, integrated, transit-oriented community within the broader Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct.
As the 2018 Commonwealth Games draw nearer, over 6500 athletes from 71 different countries have begun to take up residence in the Athletes Village. The response to the Village has been overwhelmingly positive; with athletes, government and Games officials alike praising the stylish, colourful and welcoming design.
Commonwealth Games Federation Chief David Grevemberg comments:
‘The warmth, the proximity, the convenience; it’s truly one of the best villages I’ve ever seen.’
Take a tour of the Athletes Village facilities with Channel 9’s Today show here.