11 Sep 23

Meadowbank Schools and InterContinental Sydney win at Australian Good Design Awards

The diverse designs of InterContinental Sydney and Meadowbank Schools by Woods Bagot were winners at the 2023 Australian Good Design Awards for Excellence in Design and Innovation.

Meadowbank and InterContinental Sydney each received a Good Design Winner Accolade in the Architectural Design category at the awards, run by the Industrial Design Council of Australia.

The projects, both grounded in the philosophy of ‘People Architecture’, are completely different typologies, demonstrating the breadth of talent and expertise at Woods Bagot, says Sydney Studio Chair Sarah Kay. 

The Jury described the InterContinental Sydney as “a perfect marriage of old and new” while declaring that Meadowbank Schools “is a beautiful example of purposeful architecture in an urban context”.

Nestled into the landscape, the Meadowbank Schools campus in northwest Sydney incorporates Meadowbank Public School and Marsden High School. It was built through COVID-19 and opened last year.

“The design of the Schools at Meadowbank Education and Precinct is a beautiful example of purposeful architecture in an urban context,” the Jury commented.

“Accommodating some 2600 students across a wide age range is no easy task – the design team should be congratulated with this outcome.”

It is the latest accolade for Meadowbank Schools, which has also won World Architecture Festival Awards for Best School and Best Use of Colour.

InterContinental Sydney is a top-to-bottom reinvention of one the city’s best-known hotels, skillfully integrating the aesthetics and functions of two buildings built 130 years apart, resulting in dazzling interiors.

“The marriage of old and new is the perfect balance and has resulted in a beautiful space for guests to enjoy,” the Jury said.

The Good Design Awards, founded in 1958, celebrate design at the highest level across architecture, engineering, fashion, digital and communication.

Winners were evaluated by more than 70 Australian and international jurors over two days at the Sydney Opera House.

“To be recognised with an Australian Design Award tells the world this project not only represents design excellence, but it also surpasses the criteria for design innovation and design impact,” said Dr Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia.


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