UniBar wins overall design excellence award

Oct 23, 2003

The University of Wollongong's UniBar has received top accolades at the Wollongong City Council Architectural Design Awards by capturing two awards -- including the "Major Award" category for overall design excellence.

The UniBar building, designed by Brewster Hjorth Architects, received not only the Major Award but also an award in the public buildings category.

It was the first time industry awards have been held in the region since 1998 (hence the reason the UniBar was eligible to be considered even though it opened in 2001) with judges examining 50 entries in nine categories.

The winners were judged by industry professionals including the Chair of Architecture at the University of Sydney, state presidents of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and the Landscape Architects Institute, and former council planning and environment director Mike Mouritz. Criteria the judges used included "fit and flow with the natural and built surroundings, innovation in construction, functionality and environmentally sensitive design".

UniCentre General Manager, Mr Nigel Pennington, said while the awards were a major acknowledgement of the work by Brewster Hjorth Architects, it was important to note the support in general from the University sector.

Mr Pennington made special reference to the support and guidance he received from the Director of Buildings and Grounds, Mr Bruce Flint, and Mr Flint's staff within Buildings and Grounds.

He said following feedback from the University community, the architects were asked to generate a facility that would offer a light, open and friendly facility which blended with the landscape; that provided different internal spacesand was capable of being both a comfortable social space by day and a great entertainment venue at night.

The UniBar has perviously also won a Master Builders Award for Excellence in Construction by Camarda and Cantrill, and the ACUMA award for best new campus facility.

As part of Viva la Gong events, all entries in the awards will be exhibited at Wollongong City Gallery until November 9.



UniCentre General Manager, Nigel Pennington (right) is pictured outside the award-winning UniCentre Bar with Larry Melocco, an Associate in the firm of Brewster Hjorth Architects, who is holding the University's award trophy.

Wollongong City Council Architectural Awards
Viva La Gong Program - Architecture Display
University of Wollongong UniBar
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