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The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the shortlist for the prestigious NSW Architecture Awards. WMK’s Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) has been shortlisted in the educational architecture category.

The design of NBCS’ new facility is unique – students no longer sit at desks in classrooms. Instead, students learn in interactive indoor/outdoor spaces enabled with wireless technology, beneath a spectacular 3000 square metre intelligent canopy which harvests rainwater, generates energy, and cools the spaces below.

The AIA program offers an opportunity for public and peer recognition of the innovative work of architects.

NSW Chapter President Andrew Nimmo said, "‘This year’s shortlist displays the important and varied contributions architects make to our environment and quality of everyday life. Encompassing a broad range of scales and focus, these projects highlight the importance of promoting design excellence at all levels of our built environment.

“I am thrilled we have been shortlisted in the NSW AIA Awards,” said WMK Director, John Andreas. “It was an honour to work with such a visionary client that looked to push the boundaries of traditional school environments.” 

The winners will be announced at the presentation evening on 1 July at Luna Park. An exhibition of 2017 award entries will be on display at the Institute’s NSW Chapter throughout June.

 

Posted by Marianne Fessl