2019 Australian Urban Design Awards: Winner of Built Projects – City and Regional Scale

Howard Smith Wharves by HSW Nominees, Urbis and Woods Bagot

Jury citation

Howard Smith Wharves enjoys a spectacular location beneath the Story Bridge on the Brisbane River, and its transformation from infrastructure into entertainment destination and public space is equally spectacular.

The design of the precinct has successfully integrated heritage wharf sheds and World War II bunkers with new buildings and the busy Riverwalk. It has also resolved challenging site conditions, including flood risks. New cliff lifts at each end of the site bring patrons to the river’s edge and connect them to the city. Approximately 80 percent of the site is publicly accessible space. A district cooling system is one of the project’s sustainability credentials.

The jury was impressed by the project’s design and place-creation achievements in a significant yet challenging urban location.

Location: Brisbane (QLD)

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