CITY OF ADELAIDE PRIZE
The Australian Institute of Architects is the peak body for the architectural profession, representing 12000 members in professional practice and education.
The Jury cited:
“Often relegated to undervalued spaces, the Adelaide City Skatepark instead activates a key site within the Adelaide Park Lands. The jury was impressed by the creation of an inclusive public space for all users and skill levels that also supports competitions. Anchored around a central plaza, it provides opportunities for casual observation, building a sense of community. The park is highly active, with careful consideration also given to night-time use and lighting. Its offering of recreational facilities further enhances this important site.
Cleverly utilising the site’s topography, retaining mature trees and managing contaminated fill demonstrate a mature environmental approach that has enhanced the park’s setting.
With input from user groups, the park includes design references to other parts of the city and the replication of much-loved features from the skatepark it replaced. The jury was impressed by the quality and experience of this highly active and enlivened public space. Already loved by the community, the park demonstrates excellence in developing the public realm of the City of Adelaide.”