Proposition 2065 Competition, Sydney Design Contest, NSW Building Design, Architect, Project

Proposition 2065 Competition Sydney

Building by Peddle Thorp Architects + Sustainable Built Environments (SBE), Australia

21 Sep 2011

Proposition 2065

Proposition 2065 Competition - Sydney Design Contest

The Architectural Review Australia holds an annual architecture ideas competition which seeks to identify innovative development concepts for a chosen site. The brief for Proposition 2065 was to design a mixed-use development for a site in St Leonards, Sydney, as part of a Transit Oriented Development immediately adjacent to the train station and major road intersection.

The design responded to the brief by incorporating a series of urban public spaces varying in type and scale. The response includes commercial and retail space, residential apartments and a community green that encourages pedestrian activity and connects the site with Talus Street Reserve and Chandos Street Park.

One of the key features of the design is the inclusion of a flowing ecological corridor (ECOLabyrinth) that creates fluid connections beyond the site. The ECOLabyrinth is a fusion of sustainability and architecture. It is a living machine that cools and purifies air, dampens noise and reuses organic waste to grow produce. It enables the built and natural environments to function coherently.

The design also incorporates the following sustainability features:

100% Natural ventilation.
Fresh, cool air purified on site.
20% of precinct water supply from rain water.
100% of water used and treated on site.
100% organic waste recycled to grow produce on site.
60% precinct electricity requirements generated on site from renewable sources.
Low energy demand due to passive ventilation, chilled beams and TriGeneration systems.
Office towers are designed as a series of buildings to optimise natural daylight into the office space. Housing is placed above the commercial optimising the view to and from the apartments.

4 Nov 2010

Proposition 2065 Competition

Australian Architectural Review (AR) recently awarded Peddle Thorp Architects, Melbourne and Sustainable Built Environments (SBE) a commendation for their finalist listed entry in the Proposition 2065 design competition.

Proposition 2065 Competition Jury report

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images : Antoine Damery

The major strengths of this scheme related to the way scale and connectivity have been handled. The fractured volumes of the key buildings were seen as a clever response to both of these challenges, allowing for both permeability and a dissolving of building mass. The jury also saw the embedding of community programs deep within the heart of the site and integrated into the artificial topography as a good strategic move, as an activation of the ground plane.

The jury acknowledged the improvements made to Peddle Thorp + Sustainable Built Environments’ proposal since Stage 1 of the competition, particularly in defining the complex artificial ground plan and the effects of the public domain on the linkages with the key grade connections to the locality.


Proposition 2065 competition is a two stage, open to all architects and anonymous. The competition’s aim is to produce innovative architectural concepts and development solutions for a specific Australian site. The brief for 2010 challenged entrants to design a mixed-use development for a disused site in St Leonards in Sydney, immediately adjacent to the train station and major road intersection.

The jury composition, associated workshops and selection criteria reflect a competition that attempts to balance the design potential of a site and the economic realities of commercial development.

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images : Antoine Damery

Proposition 2065 Design Competition Sydney – Building Information

Project: Architectural competition
Entrants: Peddle Thorp Architects Melbourne + Sustainable Built Environments
Status: Commendation
Services: Architectural Design
Client: Willoughby City Council, Altomonte Holdings
Location: St Leonards, Sydney city, Australia
Total Built Area: 29 000 sqm
Program: Mixed-use (Commercial, Retail, Community & Residential)
Architectural Design: Antoine Damery
ESD Strategy: Danielle Mac Cartney, Pratik Shah, Imm Chew, Ben Lornie
Visualization: Charley Lee & Antoine Damery

Proposition 2065 Competition Sydney images / information from Antoine Damery

Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia

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