K2K Urban Design Competition

State New South Wales
Client Randwick City Council
Competition EOI and Single Stage Design Competition
Winner JMD with Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects
Ben Hewett Deputy Government Architect, Government Architect NSW
Jennifer Neales Director, Fred St
Kerry Clare Director, Clare Design
Malcolm Snow Chief Executive, National Capital Authority
Tim Greer Director, Tonkin Zulaika Greer

The Competition
CityLab as the Competition Advisor assissted the Randwick City Council develop a design competition to address the significant change the City of Randwick is experiencing.

The competition was run in two stages – an Expression of Interest stage, where design teams put forward why they should be considered as finalists; and a Competition stage, where the shortlisted finalists created designs and ideas for Kensington and Kingsford. This was followed by a single stage design competition. The winner was JMD with Hill Thalis Architecture and Urban Projects.

The Brief
The design brief outlined key outcomes of economic and business opportunities, public space, housing growth and diversity, and a sense of identity of place. The designs were to activate new light rail stations as activity hubs and consider the potential effects of change on the existing suburbs.

The brief had to consider the effects of the new light rail together with forecast growth in housing and jobs. The Brief balanced considerations of this change with a need to deliver great places to live, work and visit.

The Winner
The overall strength of this submission rests in its overarching commitment to city-making: from the large scale transformation of a landscape and its topography, down to its fine grain detail at human scale.

The submission proposes an approach to density that aligns the concentration of height to direct public benefit, with a proposed mix of low, medium and high rise developmen.This proposal represents a bold, yet carefully argued investment in the public domain and civic fabric of the Kensington to Kingsford urban corridor.