Kensington Street in Chippendale, Sydney has won the ‘Urban Design and Public Spaces’ award, as well as the overall ‘Architectural Design’ award at the 2016 Good Design Awards.

The award winning design team comprises Sydney-based architecture practice Tonkin Zulaikha Greer; Paul Davies & Associates for architecture; and Turf Design Studio & Jeppe Aagaard Andersen for public domain and landscape architecture.

The annual Good Design Awards program, which has run since 1958, recognises and rewards excellence in design, innovation and creativity at a national and international level.  It aims to showcase examples of good design across a broad range of industries and design disciplines.

“When Greencliff purchased Kensington Street’s historic worker’s cottages and warehouses, our vision was to reactivate the heritage buildings along the street and redevelop them for contemporary food, lifestyle, artistic and commercial endeavours,” said Dr Stanley Quek, executive chairman of Greencliff. 

Juxtaposed by modern architecture on the western side of the street, the circa 1842 working class terrace facades on the eastern side have been retained and restored in line with strict heritage conditions.

“Kensington Street’s integration with the Central Park precinct was of great consideration. We wanted to celebrate its difference in vernacular to the rest of the contemporary precinct but wanted to integrate it with quality landscaping and other infrastructure.

“We were conscious of our responsibility to protect the historic integrity of the street and restore the heritage dwellings and streetscape to an exceptional standard.”

Kensington Street has recently welcomed a number of high profile restaurants, including Automata, Silvereye and Kensington Street Social, as well as KYO-TO. 



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