winner national steel award

another top award for agl lakeside pavilion

Already on the shortlist for the World Architecture Festival Awards in October, the AGL Lakeside Pavilion took out a top award at the National Steel Excellence Awards at the Gold Coast yesterday.

The building won the Small Buildings category at the Australian Steel Institute (AIS) 2014 National Steel Excellence Awards. In July the building also won the NSW Steel Excellence Award for best small building.

The AGL Lakeside Pavilion sits atop a hill overlooking a lake and forms the centrepiece of the Mt Annan public facilities. It is designed to hold up to 200 people and to strike a balance between being intimate enough for small casual events to catering for big events such as a wedding.

Built almost entirely out of steel

To keep to a modest budget and for maximum effect – the AGL Lakeside Pavilion at The Australian Botanic Garden, Mt Annan, south west of Sydney – is a building where “nothing is hidden, nothing is covered, nothing is painted,” says Anthony Nolan of Kennedy Associates.

The structure requires almost no maintenance, captures its own rainwater and is fully recyclable and fully demountable. “It’s also a generous building that’s designed to inspire and lift you,” says Nolan. “It draws together two highly symbolic concepts: the semi permanent theatrical marquee and the more permanent vernacular shed.”

World Architecture Festival

The innovative and muscular building has been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival Awards against four buildings from the United States, Vietnam and the United Kingdom in the ‘Civic and Community’ category.

The World Architecture Festival Awards are to be held at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, between 1 – 3 October this year.