New Sydney pound named finalist for world architecture prize

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Blacktown’s new pound, the largest in the southern hemisphere, is one of 44 Australian-designed projects nominated for one of the world’s most prestigious world architecture prizes.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the World Architecture Festival prize’s shortlist was published this week, chosen from 800 entries.

Sydney practice, Sam Crawford Architects was shortlisted for the Blacktown Animal Rehousing Centre (BARC) in the civic and community category along with Bendigo’s Law Courts by Wardle, Liverpool City Place by fjcstudio, and the Australian embassy in Washington DC by Bates Smart.

Architects Sam Crawford and Gabrielle Pelletier. BRETT BOARDMAN
Architects Sam Crawford and Gabrielle Pelletier. Photo: BRETT BOARDMAN.
The Blacktown Animal Rehousing Centre. DION GEORGOPOULOS
The Blacktown Animal Rehousing Centre. Photo: DION GEORGOPOULOS.

Blacktown city architect, Bill Tsakalos said Bleasdale had thought of BARC as a place that benefited both people and animals.

“People learning how to care for animals and animals benefitting from the care and love of people who knew how to look after them,” Tsakalos says.

Tsakalos added that Crawford’s response to “a very utilitarian brief” had transformed the pragmatic and functional “into the poetic by innovating roof forms, public spaces, animal spaces and way-finding graphics”.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

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