2016 Think Brick Awards – Bruce Mackenzie Landscape Award Announced


2016 Think Brick Awards – Bruce Mackenzie Landscape Award Announced


Announced at Think Brick Australia’s Gala Dinner at the Ivy Ballroom in Sydney on Friday, 5 August, twenty-five outstanding projects from across Australia have been recognized in the 2016 Think Brick Awards, Australia’s richest design awards. This year marks a decade of the Think Brick Awards, a program that celebrates excellence in the use of clay brick, concrete masonry and roof tiles by Australia’s best architects and designers.


The Bruce Mackenzie Landscape Award rewards innovation and craftsmanship in the use of clay and concrete masonry in landscape and urban design projects. The Award is named after renowned Australian landscape architect, Bruce Mackenzie.


While all of the finalists in 2016 eloquently demonstrated the metamorphosis from material beginnings to masterpiece, this year’s winner of the Bruce Mackenzie Landscape Award was Kensington Street by Turf Design (with Jeppe Aagaard Andersen), which received a $10,000 cash prize.


Kensington Street has been transformed from an abandoned back alley into a vibrant new inner-Sydney destination, bustling with cafes, restaurants, artist studios, student housing and a hotel. A fine-grained urban floor of brick was key to effortlessly unifying significant existing and contemporary architectural elements.


The Awards jury made the following comments about the winner:


Brick paving in a sophisticated herringbone pattern and excellent choice of colours is the hero of this landscape project, serving to effortlessly unify significant exiting and contemporary architectural elements.


This is a true urban project.  The big idea is that it takes a single material and uses it to pull together what is a very eclectic mix of buildings into a singular well-defined precinct.  There is a hierarchy of spaces and it uses subtle shifts in the detailing and pattern of a single material to reinforce and define those separate spaces.”


The Bruce Mackenzie Landscape Award winner and finalists from the 2016 Think Brick Awards are:


2016 Bruce Mackenzie Landscape Award winner:

Kensington Street (NSW) by Turf Design (with Jeppe Aargaard Andersen)


2016 Bruce Mackenzie Landscape Award finalists:

Bingara Country Club (NSW) by Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture
Earth Sciences Garden, Monash University (Vic) by Rush\Wright Associates
UTS Alumni Green (NSW) by ASPECT Studios
Central Reserve, Blackwood Park (SA) by Outerspace Landscape Architects


For images and full jury citations for the winner and finalists, please contact Casey van Es at (02) 8448 5500.