Pitt Street Mall

Pitt Street Mall
Sydney

Client City of Sydney
Year 2012
Scope Design, DA, Documentation
Team Peter McGregor with SMM and Tony Caro
Photography Brett Boardman, Tony Caro Architecture
Awards 
2013 AIA Lloyd Rees Award in Urban Design,
2013 National Architecture Awards: Commendation

 

“This is urban design of the quiet, understated variety – urban design that gets out of the way and lets the business of the city take the foreground. The result is a well-executed, restrained public domain that provides an appropriate setting for activity in one of Sydney’s busiest public spaces. It is a subtle project, which results in huge improvement. Yet the deceptively simple resolution and expression belies a complex set of parameters; this is a difficult site with many different buildings of different ages and a multitude of stakeholders. Much of the project’s energy and budget went into undoing things to create a truly pedestrian space, such as getting rid of banal paving and creating a mute backdrop to the cacophony of branding and “design” that is contemporary retail. The space is organized via two elegant lines running the length of the mall – one in the “floor,” solving drainage and reminding us of the Tank Stream that still flows below; the other above, providing lighting. Details and materials are of a high quality and are considered, lending a sense of permanence to an ever-changing retail environment and demonstrating a respect for public life, the city and its citizens.” – Jury Citation

Winner
2013 AIA Lloyd Rees Award in Urban Design

Commendation
2013 National Architecture Awards

 

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