Carter Williamson Architects

2020 Good Design Awards Gold – Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre

Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre received a prestigious Good Design Award Gold Accolade in the Architectural Design Commercial and Residential category in recognition for outstanding design and innovation.

The annual Good Design Awards is Australia’s oldest and most prestigious international Awards for design and innovation with a proud history dating back to 1958. The Awards celebrate the best new products and services on the Australian market, excellence in architectural design, engineering, fashion, digital and communication design, design strategy, social impact design and young designers.

More than 55 Good Design Awards Jurors evaluated each entry according to a strict set of design criteria which covers ‘good design’, ‘design innovation’ and ‘design impact’. Projects recognised with a Good Design Award must demonstrate excellence in good design and convince the Jury they are worthy of recognition at this level.

Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre ushers in a new era of public centres designed to grow resilient communities. Three core sections gather under the serpentine roof, whose rise and fall reflects the different volumes of interior space: offices, courtyard, community room, and main hall, working simultaneously at different scales for distinct groups.

Designed By:

Shaun Carter

Ben Peake
Lisa Merkesteyn
Julie Niass
Commissioned By:

Blacktown City Council

Designed In: Australia

The Good Design Awards Jury praised Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre, commenting: “This design extends the concept of a community hub beyond its various core purposes. Sensitively sited, understanding its place in the town and its place by the water. It offers big value for a small community. A strong design outcome with considerable positive impact for the community that it serves. Well sited, using the building shape and form to define indoor and outdoor spaces knitting it into that place. It takes advantage of its location and presents it back to the community in new ways. Through PVs and rainwater harvesting, it reduces its impact on the environment.”

 Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia said: “Receiving a Good Design Award is a significant achievement given the very high calibre and record number of entries received in 2020.” 

 “There’s no doubt it has been a really tough year for everyone so it’s nice to be able to share some good news for a change. The projects represented in this year’s Good Design Awards shine a positive light on our creative and innovative capacity as human beings. These inspirational winning projects give me hope and optimism that our design community will continue to innovate, no matter how challenging the world around us is,” said Dr. Gien.

 “Australia’s Good Design Award is more than a symbol of design excellence – it represents the hard work and dedication towards an innovative outcome that will ultimately make our lives better. These projects showcase the shear brilliance of design and the potential it has to improve our world,” said Dr. Gien.

 The 2020 Good Design Awards attracted a record number of submissions with an astonishing 835 design projects evaluated in this year’s international design awards.

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