Bankwest Stadium Wins Gold in the Good Design Awards
September 10, 2020
The winners of Australia’s peak international design awards – the highest honour for design and innovation in the country – were announced during the 2020 Good Design Week, from 7 – 11 September.
Bankwest Stadium received a prestigious Good Design Award Gold Accolade in the Architectural Design Commercial and Residential category in recognition for outstanding design and innovation.
And KL Sports City received a Good Design Award Winner Accolade in the Precinct Design 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.
The Good Design Awards Jury praised Bankwest Stadium, commenting: “Designed as a piece of social infrastructure, the stadium successfully references the local industrial heritage to create a great spectator experience. It also manages to address its place in the city, providing activity, engagement and connection rather than isolating the sports field. A strong design result that has exceeded the brief in so many areas.”
The Good Design Awards Jury praised KL Sports City, commenting: “The creation of renewed venues from old by repurposing existing structures is an excellent approach. It removes costs and demolition from the project, and also reduces the embodied energy of this major project. The increased green space from 5% to 30% of the site is a long term asset for the precinct and its users.”
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.
About Bankwest Stadium
Bankwest Stadium was designed to revolutionise the fan experience by bringing spectators closer to the action than any other stadium in Australia; drawing the Western Sydney community together, again and again. In just under two years, Bankwest Stadium was built from the ground up and opened to a sold-out crowd.
Populous – Architecture, Interior Design, Wayfinding
LendLease – Construction
Aurecon – Engineering and Building Services
Aspect Studios – Urban Design, Landscape
Commissioned By: Infrastructure NSW on behalf of the NSW Government
Designed In: Australia
About KL Sports City
The Malaysian Government’s brief for the rejuvenation of KL Sports City called for sustainable long-term use of the facilities and parklands by the community coupled with world-class venues to host major events. Phase 1 included the masterplan, landscaping and transformation of four main venues within 18 months.
Designed By: Populous with Developer MRCB
Commissioned By: Ministry of Youth & Sports, Malaysia
Designed In: Australia