ATYP new performance space the Rebel Theatre. pic Brett Boardman
The Bell Shakespeare new performance space

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, Australia’s newest cultural precinct, has received awards in four categories at the 2022 NSW Architecture Awards, the state’s most celebrated architectural honours presented by the Australian Institute of Architects.

Selected by a jury led by former NSW Government Architect Peter Mould, the Precinct received the state’s top award, the NSW Architecture Medallion, for the transformation of Pier 2/3 and Wharf 4/5 undertaken by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects. The Precinct also received the awards for Public Architecture, Greenway Award for Heritage and a commendation for Interior Architecture.
On the announcement of the awards, Peter Tonkin, Director of Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects said: “It has been a genuine privilege working on the robust and beautiful twentieth-century buildings at Walsh Bay, a visionary industrial project originally created for the benefit of the public, and to see it now grown into a different and even more focal public role. It’s also been a privilege working with so many inspiring people in all aspects of the project.”

A member of the International Union of Architects (UIA), the Australian Institute of Architects and its members are dedicated to raising the quality of the built environment for all and to the advancement of architecture. The Institute’s award program enables public and peer recognition of the innovative work of members, and provides the Institute with a valuable mechanism to promote architects and architecture across Australia and internationally. The winners were announced via a virtual livestream event on Friday 1 July.

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct was unveiled earlier this year following the completion of major redevelopment works on the historically significant Pier 2/3 and Wharf 4/5 undertaken by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects. The Precinct recently won in the Adaptive Reuse category at the National Trust Heritage Awards 2022.

In July 2021, the renovation of Sydney Theatre Company’s premises at The Wharf by Australian Architecture Studio Hassell was recognised with the prestigious Sir John Sulman Medal for Public Architecture at the 2021 Australian Institute of Architects NSW awards. This was especially meaningful for the Company as the Sulman Medal was also won by the original architect, Viv Fraser with the office of the NSW Government, for the original repurposing of the abandoned finger wharf into a theatre-making space in 1985.

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct is located on the Sydney Harbour foreshore and is now a premier arts and culture hub, home to nine of the nation’s foremost performing arts companies. Former cargo wharves built between 1913 and 1920, Wharf 4/5 and Pier 2/3 are an integral part of Sydney’s history and now feature a heritage-sensitive design by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects, undertaken by Richard Crookes Constructions. As the northern most operational pier at Walsh Bay, Pier 2/3 was a key ‘open berth’ location for passenger cargo ships and following the Second World War, the wharf functioned as a migrant arrival point for new families starting their lives in New South Wales.

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct’s resident companies comprise Bangarra Dance Theatre, Gondwana Choirs, Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Sydney Theatre Company and The Song Company, all located at Wharf 4/5 and at Pier 2/3Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Theatre for Young People and Bell Shakespeare.  A premier arts and culture hub, the Precinct presents a vibrant program of musical concerts, dance and theatre performances and public events throughout 2022.

For more information on Walsh Bay Arts Precinct visit https://www.create.nsw.gov.au/create-infrastructure/arts-properties/walsh-bay-arts-precinct-nsw/