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Western Sydney University Parramatta Campus / Woods Bagot

17:00 - 29 June, 2017
Western Sydney University Parramatta Campus / Woods Bagot, © Nicole England
© Nicole England

© Nicole England © Nicole England © Nicole England © Nicole England + 15

Tower of Wood: The EY Centre / fjmt

17:00 - 27 June, 2017
Tower of Wood: The EY Centre / fjmt, © Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Demas Rusli © Mark Merton + 28

PTW Reveal Trio of Towers for Parramatta, Australia

06:00 - 3 June, 2016
PTW Reveal Trio of Towers for Parramatta, Australia, New plaza view (60 and 25-storey towers by PTW Architects, 35-storey by Collins and Turner). Image Courtesy of PTW Architects
New plaza view (60 and 25-storey towers by PTW Architects, 35-storey by Collins and Turner). Image Courtesy of PTW Architects

Peddle Thorp and Walker Architects (PTW), in association with Collins and Turner and McGregor Coxall, has revealed their winning proposal in the competition to transform Parramatta’s former Cumberland Newspaper site. Selected by an independent design jury, the mixed-use scheme features three towers, each incorporating residential, commercial, retail and public spaces. The towers line the south and western edges of a new urban plaza, which opens up to a public reserve on the banks of the Parramatta River.

Manuelle Gautrand, DesignInc, and Lacoste + Stevenson Win Competition for 5 Parramatta Square

12:45 - 15 April, 2016
Manuelle Gautrand, DesignInc, and Lacoste + Stevenson Win Competition for 5 Parramatta Square, Courtesy of Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
Courtesy of Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

Manuelle Gautrand Architecture, DesignInc, and Lacoste + Stevenson have won an international competition for the design of a civic and community building in the Australian city of Parramatta. The six-story, 12,000 square meter building, a mixture of rectilinear sharpness and parabolic curves, extends back from the city’s Victorian Free Classical style town hall. The new structure will include a variety of spaces, including: council chambers and offices, a library, public roof gardens, a customer care center and visitor experience center, community meeting rooms, a technology hub, and an innovation space.

Grimshaw and BVN to Design Parramatta's First High-Rise Public School

14:00 - 2 February, 2016
Grimshaw and BVN to Design Parramatta's First High-Rise Public School, Courtesy of Grimshaw + BVN
Courtesy of Grimshaw + BVN

Grimshaw and BVN have won an international competition to redesign schools in Parramatta, a suburb in Sydney, Australia. Planned to be the state's first high-rise educational facility, the proposal combines the Arthur Phillip High School (APHS) and Parramatta Public School (PPS) into a 14-story building designed after the ‘Schools-within-Schools’ (SWIS) model - "a template which delivers learning in stages rather than via age groups."

OMLC / Tzannes Associates

01:00 - 2 August, 2014
OMLC / Tzannes Associates, Courtesy of Tzannes Associates
Courtesy of Tzannes Associates

Courtesy of Tzannes Associates Courtesy of Tzannes Associates Courtesy of Tzannes Associates Courtesy of Tzannes Associates + 16

Four Teams Shortlisted For Parramatta Square Design Competition

01:00 - 14 November, 2013
Four Teams Shortlisted For Parramatta Square Design Competition, Mario Cucinella Architects. Image Courtesy of Parramatta City Council
Mario Cucinella Architects. Image Courtesy of Parramatta City Council

Four designs for two large commercial towers in the heart of Sydney have been unveiled by Parramatta City Council, with proposals from Sydney based Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, Johnson Pilton Walker, Bates Smart, and Italian practice Mario Cucinella Architects. Attracting over 73 submissions from around the world, the two towers will act as the centerpiece for the Parramatta Square's three-hectare site.

The shortlist is part of stages five and six of the total master plan, previous projects of which have been awarded to the likes of Grimshaw Architects. Review the projects and read the jury's comments after the break...

Councillor John Chedid, Lord Mayor of Sydney, described the the projects as "forward-thinking, innovative solutions," going on to say that "without question, this creative range of designs, submitted by many of the leading architecture firms across the world today, will help us meet our future business, cultural, entertainment and tourism needs, and signpost Parramatta in a distinctive, unique way."

Aspire Mixed-Use Tower Proposal / Grimshaw Architects

01:00 - 15 April, 2013
Aspire Mixed-Use Tower Proposal / Grimshaw Architects, Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects
Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects

Emerging from a design excellence competition held by the Parramatta City Council, the Aspire Tower, designed by Grimshaw Architects, is a landmark mixed-use tower set to establish a new benchmark for innovative, passive-environmental design in Australian high-rise developments. Designed to act as a catalyst project for Parramatta Square, the tower provides high density, urban residential living which is not only affordable but also sustainable. More images and architects' description after the break.

Ideas on Edge Parramatta/ Tyrrell Studio

12:00 - 30 June, 2011
courtesy of Mark Tyrrell Studio & Daniel Griffin
courtesy of Mark Tyrrell Studio & Daniel Griffin

Sydney based Tyrrell Studio has collaborated with Daniel Griffin to create a first prize winning entry to the 2011 international design competition Ideas on Edge Parramatta. The competition received over 150 entries, 40% international and the remainder from around Australia. There were 3 equal winners. Images of the winning entry and a narrative from the architects after the break.

'Ideas on Edge' Competition

12:30 - 28 March, 2011

Parramatta City Council is officially on the hunt for the boldest, most innovative and creative thinkers to present their vision for an iconic site along the scenic Parramatta River foreshore as part of an international ideas competition, ‘Ideas on Edge’. Prize money of $50,000 is on offer for a commercially viable idea for the site located at a prime position on the edge of Parramatta River, with the competition open to people of all ages and backgrounds from around the world.