2019 AILA NSW Awards

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2019 AILA NSW Awards

ASPECT Studios continues to achieve design excellence and recognition amongst industry peers as recipient of two awards at the 2019 AILA NSW Awards:

  • Civic Landscape category – Award of Excellence – Barangaroo South (ASPECT | OCULUS)
  • Cultural Heritage category – Landscape Architecture Award – Sub Base Platypus – Northern Park and Playground.


The Award of Excellence is recognition that Barangaroo South has successfully met the challenge of creating a new civic waterfront with a series of supporting civic spaces all of which are clearly public and extend the high-quality pallet of established City of Sydney materials. Congratulations to the ASPECT | OCULUS team, our clients Lendlease and our collaborators Rogers Stirk Harbour in laying the ground work for this new part of Sydney which will only become more grounded, appreciated and layered with time.

The culturally significant Sub Base Platypus is part one in series of transformations of this wonderfully rich and layered post-industrial waterfront site. We congratulate our collaborators lahznimmo architects for their new over water pedestrian link; Urban&Public for their integrated interpretive work and design of the new memorial; and our clients the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.

And we give a huge congratulations and thank you to our people – for your core belief in the value of design and the social well-being it brings to our cities through our projects and ongoing commitment to delivering sustainable and joyous relationships between people and the natural environment.


Barangaroo South

Barangaroo South transforms a once fenced-off container terminal into a world-class waterfront district open to the public, with unprecedented amenity and access; re-connecting Barangaroo’s 2.2-kilometre Waterfront Promenade and complete the 14-kilometre public Sydney Harbour foreshore walks. It returns the harbour foreshore, which was inaccessible for 100 years, back to public use. Extending the city’s cultural ribbon, an intimate network of streets and laneways prioritises pedestrians and each offers a distinctive urban environment.

ASPECT | OCULUS, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Lendlease created a master plan recognising and prioritising the public realm. The precinct consists of a series of overlapping activities, inter-linked spaces and building uses that promote diversity in daily work and life in one dynamic vibrant quarter that is a natural extension and development of the surrounding city.


Sub Base Platypus – Northern Park and Playground

Sub Base Platypus is the former HMAS Platypus military base at Kirribilli on Sydney Harbour. The site is undergoing a staged transformation which commenced in 2012. After 140+ years of industrial use, the first stage of the project was opened in May 2018.

ASPECT Studios with lahznimmo architects were engaged by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust to develop a new masterplan for the site celebrating its rich maritime history and enabling public access for the first time. A new memorial (by Urban&Public) for the six, Oberon Class submarines periodically stationed at the base (1967-1999) was also part of the first stage upgrades.