Random Friday memory 19 – Wollongong Mall

This memory goes back just to the beginning of 2010, about eight months before I moved back to Wollongong. I visited with Sirdan – the first time I had been in Wollongong (apart from one visit in 1996) since 1990. This was Wollongong’s Crown Street Mall early January 2010:

There’s a good comment thread on that post too with quite a few other random memories.

Of course the Mall has changed radically in the past eighteen months. This post was prompted by the front page of today’s Illawarra Mercury: Crown Street Mall revamp wins prestigious Lloyd Rees Award.

The much-maligned Crown Street Mall revamp has won one of the state’s top urban design awards.

The Wollongong CBD strip was labelled cold and sterile and compared to a prison yard when it first re-opened, but its “flexible” grey-paved design has now earned one of the highest accolades at the Australian Institute of Architects awards.

At a ceremony in Sydney on Thursday night, the Wollongong City Council project – designed by the Government Architect’s Office – was named the winner of the prestigious Lloyd Rees Award…

GPT’s Wollongong Central building, designed by HDR Rice Daubney, took out the categories of commercial architecture and urban design. It was also commended for its use of steel architecture through the Colorbond Award, while the unusual use of colanders received the IALD lighting prize.

“This is an exemplary project representing the new role of shopping centres as active players in the life of the city,” the awards jury said…

I did a series of posts Wollongong Transformed following the changes as they happened.

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GPT Centre 12 October 2014

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