The third annual The Urban Developer Awards recognises standout property industry performers from across Australasia.
Like most things this year, the awards will be a little different: delivered digitally, with the previously held black-tie gala dinner replaced with Winners' Month—a virtual feature that begins today.
For the remainder of the year, we will reveal one winner a day from each of the 20 categories in The Urban Developer Awards in association with Construction Industry Solutions (COINS). The awards program recognises achievement in two category streams: Industry Excellence and Development of the Year.
You can check out the shortlisted projects here.
Without further ado, The Urban Developer is proud to announce the winning entry in our first category, the Excellence in Construction Innovation award, presented by Construction Industry Solutions (COINS).
This award recognises innovative products, materials, systems or technologies within the building and the construction sector.
UTS Central Innovative Sun Shading System
Tilt Industrial Design
Lachlan's Line Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge
Landcom with ARUP, ADJV, KI Studio, S&L Steel & NPC
The Foundry, South Eveleigh
OpenSpace + Teak Construction
SYNC Bathroom Pods by GEOCON
GEOCON & SYNC
The Star Sovereign Resort Expansion
Built and The Star Entertainment Group
Watch the video to listen to a Q&A with the winner.
The series of intricate, operable sun shades on the University of Technology Sydney's (UTS) new Central building seamlessly integrate into the north-facing façade of the building and move to regulate the amount of light and heat.
Project architects Fjmt sought Tilt Industrial Design's expertise to deliver a system that turns a highly complex, critical design feature into something visually exceptional.
The combination of fixed and operable louvres provides dual functionality controlled via an optimised algorithm based on the sun’s position throughout the day.
This intuitive technology helps to regulate the sun streaming into the central reading room, providing greater comfort to staff and students.
Contractor Richard Crookes Constructions commissioned Tilt to undertake a design feasibility study, detailed design, manufacturing and installation of the system.
Tilt provided Fjmt with access to the latest technologies by co-ordinating the entire design through parametric modelling, with the resulting design and delivery ensuring high functionality, while complementing Fjmt's concept of delivering a building that responds to its dense urban environment through both aesthetics and function.
The final product includes 108 louvres in total, 64 operable and 44 fixed, with each of the 108 louvres unique in geometry.
The design and patterns the sun shading system creates are reflected inside and out of the building giving life to a series of dynamic shapes that change with the day.
“As a research university it was important for UTS to have a showcase piece that highlighted their interest in R&D—and this was an R&D project,” Tilt Industrial Design managing director Tim Phillips said.
“There was an obligation to provide sun shading but there was a real opportunity to pursue something creative and sculptural.
“That was the opportunity—not just to provide a generic sun shading system, but provide a visually striking element that was both functional, sculptural and offered value to the client, the architects and the students for the long-term.”